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Refer more cases involving children to diversion programme – Chuck

Published:Wednesday | March 17, 2021 | 12:12 AM
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck.
Minister of Justice Delroy Chuck.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has urged high court judges to continue making referrals to the Child Diversion Programme.

His latest call was made during an online training session conducted by the Ministry of Justice’s Child Diversion (CD) Unit for high court judges recently.

Addressing the session, Chuck encouraged the approximately 38 judges from the Supreme and Appellate courts to “join the ministry’s work in making an important difference to the children who are exposed to multiple vulnerabilities by referring them to this programme”.

The sensitisation session is the latest in a series hosted by the Child Diversion Office, as the effort to educate stakeholders in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Approximately 38 judges from the Supreme and Appellate courts were sensitised.

Child Diversion Coordinator Ruth Carey said she was pleased with the outcome of the training, as it allowed the CD Unit to expose the programme to the nation’s high courts.

She revealed that next on the agenda is training of parish court judges to offer a more holistic understanding of the child diversion approach.

ROBUST PROGRAMME

“Child diversion unites all stakeholders who work with children and offers a more robust programme with a treatment plan that provides more benefits to children as it brings all the players of the justice sector together with the interest of the child in mind,” she stated.

Since the programme’s implementation in December 2019, a total of 230 children have been referred and are enrolled in treatment programmes at the 13 CD offices islandwide.