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Today, more than 1 million children are deprived of their liberty worldwide, and countless children face violent and degrading treatment throughout the criminal justice process. In light of this dramatic situation, it is imperative to promote strategies that provide an alternative to detention and custodial sentences for children. This report examines the potential of restorative justice programmes to facilitate conflict resolution and provide appropriate protection to children. This applies to the justice system, whether children are victims, offenders or witnesses, but it also applies in a range of other contexts, including at school, in residential care units, in social welfare settings and in the community. 1. Introduction -- 2. Restorative justice models -- 3. Promoting restorative justice for the realization of the rights of the child—key questions -- 4. The benefits of restorative justice -- 5. Overcoming challenges in developing and implementing restorative justice for children -- 6. Recommendations -- Annex 1. International standards: a framework for restorative justice -- Annex 2. Regional standards: the African, European and Inter-American human rights systems -- Annex 3. List of participants, International Expert Consultation on Restorative Justice for Children, Bali, 26-28 June, 2013.