Call for Papers: Children deprived of liberty

by / Monday, 04 April 2016 / Published in Call for Papers

Call for contributions on

Children deprived of liberty

SPECIAL EDITION OF “Today’s Children are Tomorrow’s Parents”


Title of special edition: Children deprived of liberty

Language of publication: ENGLISH

Please note the timetable for acceptance/amendments below



Guest Editors:

Prof. Philip D. Jaffé

Director, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Prof. Philip D. Jaffé is the Director of the Centre for Children’s Rights Studies (CIDE) of the University of Geneva and a Full Professor of Psychology. He is engaged in many research projects, most recently on a rights-based approach to monitoring mechanisms of institutions where children are deprived of liberty. His research interests have touched on the prevalence of the child sexual abuse and of school bullying, children’s perceptions of their rights, child and youth policy. He is a licensed psychotherapist and a forensic mental health evaluator. He remains committed to working a humanitarian psychologist in zones affected by war or natural disasters. Currently, he is a scientific consultant for a vast project on three continents studying children’s participation in informal justice systems. In 1994, he was the co-founder of the Swiss Society of Legal Psychology and a decade long first President.




DSCN3079Dr. Snejana Sulima

Fellow, Centre for Children’s Rights Studies

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Snejana Sulima is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Children’s Rights of the University of Geneva where she is studying the impact of the parental migration on the destiny of the “children left behind”. She is also a Lecturer at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza

University from Iasi, teaching human rights and European law. The research interests of Dr. Sulima cover mainly the protection of the children rights in the migration context. Moreover, through her research she is trying to establish the possible links between the parental migration and the increasing of the children delinquency.




Deadline for Submission of Abstracts: 1 October 2016

Notification of invitation to submit a full paper (week commencing 15th October 2016)

Submission of full Papers: 2 January 2017. All papers (which will be double blind peer reviewed) must follow the academic requirements/style sheet attached to this call for papers.

Notification of acceptance of papers/requests for amendments: week commencing 16th January 2017

Final Amendments: (1st edition): 15 February 2017

Publication:  Spring 2017

NB: if we receive a very high number of high quality abstracts/papers we are likely to produce a second themed edition dedicated to this topic later in 2017. Invitations to proceed to full paper will indicate whether we anticipate publication (subject to review) in the first or second special edition to enable authors to decide whether to withdraw their paper and seek publication elsewhere.


The papers to be published in this special issue will address the situation of children (this includes children and adolescents1) deprived of their liberty. This topic is of special value in light of the international agenda. Indeed, in late 2015, the United Nations General Assembly (resolution 69/157) has approved the project of a multi-year study on children deprived of liberty which will commence in the coming months. This imminent study aims to shed light on the “scale and conditions of children deprived of liberty, will identify good practices and make recommendations for action”.

Deprivation of liberty is understood as, but not limited to, any form of significant institutional restriction on a person’s movement and concerns children in detention in facilities akin to prisons as well as the chain of penal, civil and child protection reformatory structures, children held administratively for any reason (e.g., migration, security laws, etc.), children undergoing isolation measures of any length of time in social or medical facilities.

Amongst others, we are very keen to receive submissions which relate to conditions of deprivation of liberty, prevention (including alternative dispute resolution, restorative justice), psychosocial programs for minors and their families, children’s well-being, mental health issues, adverse childhood experiences (including child abuse and neglect, trauma, etc.) as they relate to pathways to deprivation of liberty, professional practice including ethical considerations, human rights concerns and oversight, innovative initiatives that foster child participation, forensic evaluations of minors, new formulas for the training of specialized interdisciplinary staff, etc.

We welcome papers from academics and practitioners from all disciplinary and transdisciplinary fields (e.g., (children’s rights, youth work, law, law enforcement, prison administration, migration studies, social work, anthropology; social policy/political science; education and health/medical contexts, etc.). If your paper does not fit into the specific disciplines mentioned above but you feel it would be relevant to this special edition do please contact us (see email details below) to discuss your approach and subject area as we may still be able to accept your paper.

Keywords: Children, detention, liberty, children’s rights, law, participation, isolation, mental health, abuse, neglect, trauma, psychosocial

Instructions for Authors: Please consult the attached journal flyer/Instructions for Authors.

In the first instance please send abstracts (and/or any specific enquiries) by email (clearly marked in the subject line as “Submission for the Special Edition of Today’s Children and Tomorrow’s Parents”) to:

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