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Youth policyThis section of the Netherlands Youth Institute (NJI) gives information on children and youth policy, practice and provisions in the Netherlands. It covers a wide range of subjects from general information on the organisation of youth policy to more specific themes and policy areas.
Government theme Youth crimeThe government is taking steps to reduce youth crime, which includes offences ranging in severity from shoplifting and bike theft to assault and armed robbery.
Government theme International child abductionEvery year more than 150 children are abducted in the Netherlands by one of their parents and taken abroad, or abducted abroad and taken to the Netherlands. What usually happens is that the father or mother takes the child with them without the other parent’s consent. Or they may leave the child behind after a holiday or family visit. In rare cases, the child may be abducted by a different family member. In the Netherlands the Central Authority for International Children's Issues deals with requests from parents for their child (up to the age of 16) to be returned to the place where they normally live.
HALTHalt is a Dutch organisation with a national network of offices which aims to prevent and combat juvenile crime.
The crime prevention activities of Halt consist of advisory services, educational programmes and the development and implementation of crime prevention projects. The activities are carried out at local and regional levels.
Halt is also responsible for the enforcement of alternative punishment given to young people up to the age of 18.