Children who live in adversity face greater difficulties in 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. Failure to protect children in public policies 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. Access to justice therefore, directly and indirectly, contributes to overcoming vulnerability and poverty.
PUSKAPA promotes the norms, principles, and standards of inclusion and child-sensitive justice 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.