The Council of Europe is organising a series of activities in collaboration with the Council of Baltic Sea States on handling child evidence.

The first activity was a meeting organised in Tallinn, Estonia 19-20 February, 2015 discussing issues around the handling, protecting and testing of evidence from children in legal proceedings within States in the Baltic Sea Region.

This meeting will be followed up to support implementation at national level of the child-friendly justice standards. More information will be uploaded on this web-site.

 

Programme

Background document

Comparative study on handling, protecting and testing evidence from children in legal proceedings within States in the Baltic Sea Region

Remarks by Turid Heiberg, Head of the Children at Risk Unit at the Council of the Baltic Sea States Secretariat

Presentations

Children’s evidence in the Baltic Sea Region
Handling, protecting and testing evidence from children in legal proceedings in the Baltic Sea Region: Presentation of the comparative study
Sweden:   Ms Anna Kaldal, Associate Professor in procedural Law, Faculty of Law, Stockholm University

 

Children’s Houses – A child friendly model

Iceland: Mr Bragi Gudbrandsson, General Director, Government Agency for Child Protection, Reykjavík

Norway:

–       Ms Astrid Johanne Pettersen, Executive Director, The Children’s House Statens Barnehus, Oslo

–       Ms Tone Davik, Police Superintendent / senior specialist, National Criminal Investigation Service (KRIPSOS), Oslo

Sweden: Mr Carl Göran Svedin, Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/IKE, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping

 

Ensuring a child-friendly environment for the interview

Denmark: Mr Steen Birkedal, Special Consultant on Children’s Welfare, National board of Social Services, Copenhagen

Lithuania: Ms Eglė Kavoliūnaitė-Ragauskienė, Head of Legal System Research Department Law Institute of Lithuania, Vilnius

Sweden: Ms Asa Landberg, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Enskede

Preparing and conducting the interview

Finland: Ms Julia Korkman, PhD, Investigative Psychologist, Forensic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  Unit, Helsinki University Hospital, Helsinki

Latvia: Ms Vita Kalote, Head of Prevention Unit, Kurzeme Regional Board, State Police of Latvia, Liepaja

Sweden: Ms Malin Källstörm, Detective Superintendent, Swedish Police Authority, Stockholm
The timing and number of interviews

Estonia: Ms Brit Tammiste, Adviser, Analysis Division, Criminal Policy Department, Ministry of Justice, Tallinn

Norway: Mr Lars Meling, Senior Advisor, Police Department, Ministry of Justice and Public Security, Oslo

Sweden: Mr Pär Stihl, Chief Detective Inspector, Institute of Police Education Linnaeus University, Växjö

Ensuring probative value of children statements 

Germany: Mr Thomas Meysen, Director, German Institute for Youth Human Services and Family Law, Heidelberg

Representing the child and defending its interest

Denmark: Mr Morten Holland Heide, Lawyer, Head of Section Criminal Law Division, Ministry of Justice, Copenhagen

Iceland: Ms Hrfena Fridrikdsottir, Associate Professor, University of Iceland, Reykjavík

Russian Federation: Mr Yury Zudov, Deputy Director, Department for Legal Aid and Judicial Cooperation, Ministry of Justice, Moscow

Parallel civil and administrative proceedings

Estonia: Ms Leanika Tamm, Judge, Viru County Court, Ida-Viru maakond

Iceland: Mr Bragi Gudbrandsson, General Director, Government Agency for Child Protection, Reykjavík

Sweden: Mr Carl Göran Svedin, Professor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry/IKE, Faculty of Health Sciences, Linköping University, Linköping

 

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