Individual assessment of juvenile offenders in Croatia: the experts’ perspective

Individual assessment of juvenile offenders in Croatia: the experts’ perspective

Individual assessment of juvenile offenders in Croatia: the experts’ perspective

Individual presentation118Anja Mirosavljević, University of Zagreb, Croatia

Room 3BThu 10:30 - 12:00

The aim of this paper is to present the results of the project Procedural safeguards of accused or suspected children: improving the implementation of the right to individual assessment (IA-CHILD) funded by EC and EU. The main objective is to gain insight into the perspective of experts conducting and using the assessment of juvenile offenders in Croatia on the status of individual assessment and the implementation of the Directive 800/2016. Data was collected via three focus groups in three biggest Croatian cities. Overall, 17 experts doing the assessment of juveniles who are suspects or accused of perpetrating criminal offences (social pedagogues, psychologists and social workersemployed in state attorney’s offices, courts, educational institutions and social welfare centres) and 12 experts using this assessment (legal professionals working at the Municipal and County State Attorney’s Offices as deputies of the Municipal and County State Attorneys, and at the Municipal and County Courts as judges) participated in this study.

Data was analysed using deductive thematic analysis.

Results show that the legislation in Croatia respects the international guidelines and recommendations on procedures towards suspected or accused juveniles and integrates them in the contents of relevant acts. Individual assessment is recognized as an essential and indispensible and is implemented on different levels and in different phases of criminal proceedings. Furthermore, it is legally well standardized, implemented in practice for many years and in various institutions. On the other hand, there are still some shortcomings as well as possibilities for improvement: implementation of uniform process of individual assessment, harmonization of interventions with beneficiary needs and improving the quality of sanction implementation in practice.
Co-authors: Dora Dodig Hundric, Neven Ricijas, Sabina Mandic

Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences
IA-CHILD, legislation, procedural safeguards
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