BICE fights for restorative justice
Since 1996, BICE (directly for 15 years, then in partnership with the BNCE-Togo) has been present in Togo.
BICE was closely associated with procedures leading to the adoption of the Children’s Code, the national child protection policy, and with the strategy for its implementation.With BNCE Togo, it is also part of a group of partners representing a framework for exchange and reflection among the main child protection organisations in Togo.
Our “Childhood without bars” programme works simultaneously on three levels:
- tangible support for juveniles in detention
- awareness-raising in the civilian population of respect for the rights of the child
- advocacy with actors of juvenile justice in Togo, for a better enforcement of existing laws.
Childhood without bars: our activities in Togo
- Improving conditions of detention to prevent abuse of children
- Enabling access to healthcare and medicine
- Ensuring compliance with procedural safeguards and implementing penal mediation
- Promoting familial, socio-professional or school rehabilitation for children in conflict with the law, after their arrest or detention
- Psychosocial support, family mediation, social and educational activities.
Key figures per year
- 170 juveniles in conflict with the law
- 130 members of minors’ family or community (parents, carers…)
- 40 people involved in juvenile justice (judges, staff, police…)
- 80 social workers from closed detention centres
- 35 members of the media informed about the juvenile justice system (radio, TV, newspapers…)