The Impact of Child Detention: Occupied Palestinian Territory

Save the Children Sweden & East Jerusalem YMCA Rehabilitation Program

This report aims at giving an insight into the treatment of children in armed conflict, with a primary focus on children in detention. The first chapter gives an overview of international and national legislative frameworks that apply to the situation of Palestinian children in detention, followed by an identification of major duty-bearers and their responsibilities. The second part of the investigation will address the impact of detention on a) children, b) their families and c) their respective communities. These findings are based on in-depth interviews and focus groups with children from all over the West Bank, including East Jerusalem. The third component will give an overview on psychosocial responses as provided by Save the Children and the EJ-YMCA, whereas the last part discusses the role of community in the re-integration process of children and presents a list of recommendations when dealing with this subject.