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Defence for Children International is an independent non-governmental organisation that has been promoting and protecting children’s rights on a global, regional, national and local level for 30 years.

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At the global level, the DCI movement is united in its commitment to work for children’s rights in juvenile justice. DCI works to protect, defend and advocate for the rights of children and young people in conflict with the law. 

Defence for Children International-Belgium was responsible for one training session held in all the countries. They also participated in the Summer school, in the Steering Committee and collaborated in the realisation and dissemination of the outputs, among other of the training module on strategic litigation and international remedies.

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Save the Children is the world's leading independent organization for children whose mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Save the Children Italy was responsible for the implementation of the activities in Italy and will coordinate the project.  The Scuola superiore dell’Avvocatura was responsible for one training session in Italy. 

The SSA is a foundation of the Italian National Bar Association whose mission is to ensure high-level training of judicial operators and particularly of legal practitioners registered at the Bar. The School promotes courses and conventions at national level and presides over the specialisation of practising lawyers. The SSA will guarantee the dissemination of the results among the lawyers in Italy.   

Access the Italian partners' online training resources here.

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The Instituto de Apoio à Criança was responsible for the implementation of all the activities in Portugal.

The Instituto de Apoio à Criança was founded in 1983 to aid and protect children and their families through its specialized services, either in the offices or in the street.

The Instituto de Apoio à Criança cooperates with several national and international partners in its work. 

The Juridical Service attends children’s families´ cases, from Portugal and other countries, in what regards Family and Child Law.

Access the Portuguese partners' online training resources here.

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Save the Children Romania was responsible for the implementation of all the activities in Romania. SCR is a national non-governmental organization, established in April 1990, which works for promoting, defending and monitoring children’s rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. SCR carries out programs within its 13 local branches and it is mainly based on the volunteer activity of its 6,000 members who actively support it. Its programs are addressed to all children, but with a special focus on the most vulnerable groups of children. 

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La Merced Migraciones Foundation was responsible for the implementation of all the activities in Spain. La Merced has been working with children for the last 25 years towards the construction of an intercultural model of society. In order to achieve this goal La Merced has developed several programs of residential care, social and educational counselling, psychological intervention, legal advice, labour inclusion. 

Access the Spanish partners' online training resources here.

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The United Kingdom

The University of Liverpool was responsible for the implementation of all the activities in the UK. 

The Liverpool Law Clinic and European Children’s Rights Unit (ECRU) provide both a practitioner and an academic perspective on children’s rights.

Professor Stalford has coordinated research projects for the EU and ESRC on children’s rights, drafted toolkits and acted as an expert adviser to the EC and Council of Europe, as well as being a leading theorist, having written numerous books and articles on the subject.

ECRU has a current project funded by the Council of Europe to develop a child-friendly version of the Council of Europe's child friendly justice guidelines.

The UK team also includes Investing in Children.  IiC is a non governmental organisation based in the North East of England that provides research and participation services to organisations that work with children and young people. IiC has pioneered participatory methods of research involving children and young people and will play a critical role in coordinating the use of Reference Groups and Agenda Days both within the UK and also within other partner states.