French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice

The main responsibility of the French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice (ENPJJ) is ongoing training of professionals in charge of youth protection and juvenile justice (PJJ). The academy also carries out academic research, publication of professional and scientific reviews, and offers access to an extensive resource center. All of which contributing to its expertise in youth protection and social work.

French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice

Vue du jardin de l’Ecole nationale de protection judiciaire de la jeunesseThe main responsibility of the French National Academy for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice (ENPJJ) is ongoing training of professionals in charge of youth protection and juvenile justice (PJJ). The academy also carries out academic research, publication of professional and scientific reviews, and offers access to an extensive resource center. All of which contributing to its expertise in youth protection and social work.

A Ministry of Justice National Academy

The ENPJJ is a department of the Directorate for Youth Protection and Juvenile Justice (DPJJ) – which under the supervision of the French Ministry of Justice “is in charge of all issues and subjects related to juvenile justice and of the discussions of all the institutions working in this field”.

An organization centered on its missions

The ENPJJ is organised with one main campus based in Roubaix (North of France) and 11 territorial centers located throughout the French territory (2 being based in the overseas territories). Under the supervision of an executive board of directors, three departments support the work of the ENPJJ and contribute to its success:

  • a General Secretariat responsible for the management of the academy (SG)
  • an Academic  Department (SF)
  • a Research and Library Department (SRD)

Vue du hall d’accueil de l’Ecole nationale de protection judiciaire de la jeunesse

A mission of vocational education and ongoing professional development

The ENPJJ is in charge of the initial vocational training and the ongoing professional development of the whole PJJ staff. The ENPJJ courses and training sessions cover a broad set of areas such as law, sociology, philosophy, education, psychology or public management.

An organization centered on intellectual reflection

The link between research and training is at the core of the ENPJJ. Throughout its activities, the Academy is conscious of enhancing and increasing the value of all the resources it has invested over time. Research projects and publications specifically contribute to the improvement of its intellectual capital. The library, the archives as well as the exhibition center in Savigny-sur-Orge are all part of this improvement. Educational publications produced are essential resources that must be broadcast, archived and shared.

An Academy based on an extensive network

The ENPJJ has formal links with the three other major national academies of the French Ministry of Justice: the French National School for the Judiciary (ENM), the French National Academy for Prison Administration (ENAP) and the French National School for Registry (ENG). With its fellow institutions, the ENPJJ shares its expertise in terms of pedagogical tools, methods and resources.

Since the middle of the 1990’s, the ENPJJ is part of the Public Service Schools Network (RESP), which promotes networking opportunities, joint teaching and encourages collaboration, information sharing and innovation.

Beyond its links to the national academies or the civil service, the Academy also entertains a partnership with the Lille 2 and Lille 3 Universities for the main campus in Roubaix, but also with other universities throughout the country. The coming together of partners centered on training, research but also social work allows a grouping of intellectual resources, additional source of information for trainees.

The ENPJJ develops the opening of its courses and training to all actors in juvenile justice, child protection and the certified associative sector (SAH).

An Academy open to the world

The ENPJJ is currently developing an outward-looking policy in Europe but also internationally:

  • the policy is part of European initiatives, notably by exchanges of trainees or by the initiation to other juvenile court systems as part of their training;
  • on the international level, the ENPJJ takes part in educators’ training (ex: Haiti in 2011) or in the trainer’s training (Ivory Coast, Tunisia). The Academy reinforces this work by welcoming foreign delegations (Ivory Coast in 2012).

Research, through publications, seminars or colloquiums (ex. The Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro in August 2012, the Montreal University, Crossroads of Arts and Science in September 2013) also participates in this international opening.

The ENPJJ in numbers

Over 150 professionals work at the ENPJJ, among which 70 trainers with strong experience in youth education, protection and justice. Every year, more than 500 students successfully complete their training and more than 5000 PJJ workers benefit from our thematic short courses, contributing to over 100 000 training days provided.