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European Interaction Guidelines for Education Professionals when working with Children in Juvenile Justice Learning Contexts
Start date: 01 Nov 2015, End date: 30 Oct 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EIGEP project is targeting an educational area extremely challenging but relevant especially in today's context of violent extremism and radicalization: juvenile justice and the quality of learning outcomes arising from this context. At this point, in the European Union there is no common understanding of how education in juvenile justice should be delivered, it is not a topic explicit on the European Agenda. Not even at national level is this priority publicly assumed on the policy agenda. Research has demonstrated the correlation between lack of educational attainment and involvement in the juvenile justice system and the importance of education in preventing recidivism. For example, researchers have estimated that 35% of academically low-performing children became delinquent compared with only about 20% of academically high-performing children (Maguin & Loeber, 1996). Children and youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, like all children, deserve a quality education that allows them to develop the skills and competencies necessary for them to become productive adults. Regrettably, this is infrequently the case. Many of these children and youth leave school without a regular diploma, and still others graduate without the academic skills and social-emotional competencies that constitute twenty-first century learning skills. EIGEP will analyses the existing practices in the juvenile justice education and develop an understanding of the context within which decisions are made for policy and practice for the main topic areas: importance of adapting education to the special context of juvenile justice and specific professionalization of education staff that delivers inside the juvenile justice system. We will go further and propose a solution for the found reality, instrument key policy stakeholders to work with our solution and push for making a spot on the public agenda for this frequently overlooked side of education.
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