Personal Liberty of Children in Austria revisited

The Global Study has highlighted the dire situation of more than 7.2 million children worldwide and stressed the need for replacing strategies and considering alternatives to detention of children. This project aims to create a process for structured implementation of the Study’s recommendations in Austria. For this purpose, it will conduct a comprehensive analysis of the status quo, followed by a targeted intervention programme relevant for three main settings of deprivation of liberty of children, namely in the context of:

  • Criminal/juvenile justice
  • Migration-related detention
  • Institutional care in Austria

The project will also pilot the implementation of this programme in the field of monitoring places of deprivation of liberty of children. As a distinctive feature, the project will directly engage with children throughout the process, from assessment to implementation.


Project Contact:

Helmut Sax ( – Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

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