Defence for Children International
UN Rules for
Protection of Juveniles
The Rules are based upon the following fundamental principles:
disposition of last resort and for the minimum period and should be limited to
of their liberty in accordance with the principles and the procedures of
facilities is encouraged to enable individualised treatment and to avoid the
additional negative effects of deprivations of liberty.
only be in facilities which guarantee meaningful activities and programmes
promoting the health, self-respect, and sense of responsibility of juveniles.
The facilities should also foster their skills to assist them in developing
their potential as members of society.
decentralised to enable access and contact with family members and to allow for
integration into the community.
their liberty is a social service of great importance.
liberty should be helped to understand their rights and obligations during
detention and be informed of the goals of the care provided.
receive appropriate training including child welfare and human rights.
arrangements designed to assist them in returning to society.