E-PROTECT (‘Enhancing PROtection of Children – vicTims of crime’) is an EU-funded research project between October 2017 and September 2019 with the aim to strengthen the application of Directive 2012/29/EU (in the following Victims’ Directive or VD) in the case of child victims, as well as to contribute to the overall protection of child victims in the European Union.
One of the core aims of the project is to identify how professionals conduct the individual assessment of child victims according to Art. 22 VD, thus, how they determine which protective measures should be taken in a particular case. Several research activities were conducted in close cooperation with experts and practitioners in the field of child victim protection in order to identify challenges as well as good practices.
Five EU Member States participated in the research, namely Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Austria and Romania. This document contains concrete suggestions for the improvement of current practices of child victim protection in Italy.