Future of the Juvenile Justice Centre estate review

Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2021

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) welcomes the opportunity to
respond to this review of the future of the juvenile justice center estate. The Commission
indicated in its Draft Strategic Plan that children’s rights would be a priority in its future work
and that the Commission intends to monitor the operation of the Criminal Justice (Children)
(NI) Order 1998. The NIHRC is empowered to carry out investigations under section 69(8) of
the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and has recently begun an investigation into the care of
children in Juvenile Justice Centres.

The NIHRC response to the current review is based on our understanding of international law
and standards in relation to juvenile justice.