Children who live in adversity are rarely represented in regulations. They also face greater difficulties seeking legal protection, and are therefore at risk of being mistreated when coming into contact with the law. Justice has to be accessible to all individuals, including children, regardless of gender, identity, and ability. Failure to protect children in public policies, regulations, and legal proceedings reflects the failure of the larger justice system. Equitable access to justice is fundamental for realizing human rights and reducing social exclusion. Improving children’s access to justice therefore contributes, directly and indirectly, to overcoming vulnerability and poverty, and in turn to improving their wellbeing in the future.
PUSKAPA promotes the norms, principles, and standards of inclusion and child-sensitive justice in policy and lawmaking and those that applied for all children, including those in contact with the law, whether as offenders, victims, or witnesses. It is also necessary to ensure that children have access to quality legal representation, both in the civil and criminal justice. Children's human rights can only be fulfilled if child protection principles are integrated into the wider law and justice reform efforts.