United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Promoting restorative justice for children

Publication Year: 2016 Publisher: Office of the SRSG on Violence against Children


Today, more than 1 million children are deprived of their liberty worldwide,26 and countless children face violent and degrading treatment throughout the criminal justice process. In light of this dramat-ic situation, it is imperative to promote strategies that provide an alternative to detention and cus-todial sentences for children.

This report examines the potential of restorative justice programmes to facilitate conflict resolu-tion and provide appropriate protection to chil-dren. This applies to the justice system, whether children are victims, offenders or witnesses, but it also applies in a range of other contexts, including at school, in residential care units, in social welfare settings and in the community.