Towards a Child-friendly Justice System in Latvia

Implementing the Barnahus model

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Latvia’s current National Development Plan, approved in 2020, sets out a clear vision for the Latvian justice system by 2027. This includes establishing international standards and good practices in the development of national policies to build a child-friendly justice system. This report assesses the benefits of implementing the Barnahus model in Latvia as a child-friendly and interagency one-stop shop to support children exposed to violence or abuse as well as those who have witnessed violence. It examines a whole-of-state approach to promote a justice system that is more people- and child-friendly, incorporating sound governance mechanisms. This report provides recommendations for delivering more targeted and accessible child-friendly justice services in Latvia, as well as different approaches used in OECD Member and partner countries to close justice inequality gaps. 



Latvia has been making consistent efforts to transform its justice system to be more people- and child-friendly in recent years. These include declaring a commitment to “leaving no child behind”, in line with Latvia’s 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, implementing the 2020 National Development Plan, and presenting a vision for the Latvian justice system by 2027. It has also partnered with international institutions such as the OECD, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe to establish a people-centred and child- friendly justice system and implement the Barnahus model - an interagency service delivery model - to provide joined-up services to children and young people who are victims or witnesses of abuse and violence.


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