At the Crossroads: designing and implementing child-centred criminal proceedings for child victims of violence, taking account of related child protection proceedings

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Date of webinar: 
13 Jun 2019
Start and finish time of webinar: 
2pm CEST
Rebecca O’Donnell
Olivia Lind Haldorsson

Rebecca O'Donnell is an Irish lawyer and co-founder of Child Circle, a Brussels based NGO providing a centre of expertise on child protection in EU law and policy ( Child Circle has the goal of supporting practitioners and policymakers in protecting children across professions and across borders, with a particular focus on child-centred justice. We are partners in a series of regional projects on child friendly justice, including Promise 1 and Promise 2. Rebecca authored the Promise Compendium of Law & Guidance.  From 2007 to 2013, she worked with Save the Children EU Office, where her work focused on EU child protection, in particular in the field of asylum and migration and child friendly justice. Prior to that, Rebecca was a partner in an international law firm focusing on EU regulatory law.  

Olivia Lind Haldorsson is a human rights advocate who has been working in the field of children’s rights and child protection for 20 years in Brussels. She is the co-founder of Child Circle, a Brussels based NGO focussing on child protection in EU law and policy (   From 2002 to 2013, she worked with Save the Children EU Office, where her work focused on EU Justice and Home affairs and EU external affairs. She also works as an independent expert with a wide range of stakeholders on strategic advocacy initiatives and regional projects in the field of EU Justice and Home Affairs and EU External affairs policies (

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About the webinar:

This webinar will explore how to ensure child-centred procedures are in place in the criminal proceedings and how to avoid the risk of conflict with child protection proceedings. Join us to learn about the legal and practical issues involved in ensuring the right safeguards are in place.  We will consider what legal and social professionals need to think together about to ensure effective justice and to avoid re-traumatisation of the child. This seminar is aimed at practitioners, representatives of professional organisations as well as policymakers concerned with child victims of violence in criminal proceedings. 

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