Child & Youth Advisory Group – Information Sheet

Are you between 13 – 25 years old? Do you speak English or Spanish?

Are you between 13 – 25 years old? Do you speak English or Spanish?

Do you have experience of being in contact with justice systems ?

Are you interested in human rights ?

Are you passionate about meeting other child and youth change-makers and working together to transform the future of children and young people in contact with the law?

      • If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, then you could be a new member of the child and youth advisory groups for the 2021 World Congress on Justice with Children (November 2021) and we would like to hear from you!

Please read the information below carefully before sending us your nomination.


What is the World Congress on Justice with Children?

The World Congress on Justice with Children gathers people who make decisions about justice, like those in Government or the courts, (lawyers and judges), and people who work in justice systems, non-governmental organisations like charities or universities . The aim is to make progress towards child-friendly justice systems across the world that respect children’s rights.

The title of this year’s event is: “Access to justice for all Children: towards non-discriminatory and inclusive child justice systems”.  In short, this means that we want to work towards a justice system that  treats all children and young people fairly.

This year’s World Congress will take place in November 2021. You can see the full list of organisers below.


Why are we setting up child and youth advisory groups?

Children and young people have a right to be heard and express their views freely. This means that adults have an obligation to make space for their views to be expressed freely and to take those views into consideration in decisions that affect them. Too often, children in contact with justice systems do not have their views heard or responded too.

We want to change this. We’re offering you the chance to get involved in the first global partnership for justice with children, where children and young people with experience can work alongside adult supporters and influence change to at the highest levels.

During the World Congress, there will be an audience of hundreds of decision-makers in justice systems from across the world, and we aim to create a space where the views and experiences of children and young people like yourself are at the centre of the conversation.

Because, through your lived experience in navigating justice systems, you are also experts, and we commit to ensuring your expertise is heard and valued.


What is asked from members of the child & youth advisory group?

On average, the child & youth advisory group will meet virtually for 1.5 hours, two or three times per month. These meetings will include skills-building sessions, team-building sessions and workshops on specific topics. A range of sessions will be provided, and members of the group will be free to choose to participate in the sessions that most interest them.

      • Give feedback and provide ideas on the design and set-up of the Congress
      • An average of 2 online meetings per month of 1 hour each, with the international group of young people, over 9 months (March – November).
      • Participation during the World Congress from 15th to 20th
      • We will adapt the frequency and timing of the meetings to fit in with your existing commitments (study, work, recreation etc).


What will you gain from being involved in the JWC advisory group?

      • Be able to communicate your ideas and vision for change during the World Congress in November to an audience of international justice decision makers
      • Skills-building workshops so that you can learn new knowledge and techniques linked to advocating for children’s rights.
      • Meeting other children & young people from other countries, to share and learn from your experiences together.
      • The opportunity to work on the organisation of the whole event, or on a project about imagining the future of justice systems, or on a video project. You get to choose what work you are most interested in.
      • All members of the advisory groups will receive a certificate of participation and a ‘goody-bag’ of vouchers for online purchases.


How will the selection process take place?

If your nomination is accepted, you will join a group of between 10-20 other young people for regular virtual workshops

We are keen to work with young people who are passionate about defending human rights and who want to work with others in order to advocate for changes in justice systems.

All nominations will be considered by a panel of representatives from the organizers, including a peer-mentor who has been involved in a previous World Congress event. If there are more nominations than places available, choices will be made to ensure geographical and gender representativity.


What will you need to take part?

All sessions of the advisory group will be conducted online, so you will need access to a device (tablet, laptop). You will also need an internet connection.

      • If you want to take part but you have trouble getting online (because you don’t have a device or you don’t have regular internet access), we would still like to hear from you, and we will see if it is possible to support you.

All sessions will be conducted in English or Spanish.

      • If you don’t speak English or Spanish, and if you are working with an organization that can support you with translation, we would still like to hear from you.


What are the next steps?

Please send us your nominations directly through this form.

New deadline for nominations:  Friday 12th of March 2021 !

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Kristen Hope, Research, Advocacy and Participation Advisor at Terre des hommes :


We look forward to receiving your nomination!



The organisations involved in the project are:

Other supporting organisations include Young in Prison and Peer Power.