2019-20 Programme

Protection of Children’s Rights

Building on the work of the past years, the objective of the programme is to continue raising the professional standards of Russian legal practitioners through targeted training.

Members of Bar Associations from St Petersburg, the Leningrad Region and other towns in Russia, as well as lawyers working with local NGOs supporting children are invited to take part in the training activities.

The programme includes an introductory workshop in St Petersburg run by Russian and English experts; individual case analyses done by the trainees; a study visit of a Russian delegation to London; and a final presentation of the project outcomes.

The first seminar Children’s Rights in Civil and Criminal Proceedings in Russia and the UK took place on 9-10 September 2019 in St Petersburg.


Children’s Rights in Civil and Criminal Proceedings in Russia and the UK, 9-10 September 2019, St Petersburg

At the first event of the new programme, lawyers from St Petersburg, Moscow, Nizhniy Novgorod, Republic of Karelia, Ulyanovsk Region and Lipetsk region discussed the work with vulnerable children and young offenders.

Day 1: Civil proceedings – working with vulnerable children


  • Galina Ibryanova, lawyer, St Petersburg
  • District Judge Kenneth Grant, London
  • Gill Timmis, social worker, London

Day 2: Criminal proceedings – working with young offenders, victims and witnesses


  • District Judge Naomi Redhouse, Sheffield
  • Lubov Smykalo, Deputy Chair of NGO “Doctors to Children”, Senior Lecturer, St Petersburg State University, Department of Child Mental Health and Early Intervention
  • Andrew Bernhardt, Senior Lecturer, Step up to Social Work, University of Hertfordshire
  • Keith Davies, Course Director, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George’s, University of London


Quotes from Seminar Participants

It was very interesting to hear about the experience of English speakers and to compare our views on the same legal aspects of family law.”

“ I will definitely apply the knowledge gained in argumentation and proof in cases concerning protection of children’s rights.”

“For me personally, the seminar was especially relevant due to the fact that at present I am in the process of determining the place of residence of the child in a case where I represent the interests of a father.”

“On the practical side, these were extremely useful lectures by the lawyers and the psychologist, as well as group work sessions.”

“Presentations by Andrew Bernhardt and Keith Davies once again confirm that these are professionals who are passionate about their work, real specialists trying to do everything possible to adapt children at risk.”