Stakeholders to receive training and sensitization on Juvenile Justice Reform

Basseterre, St. Kitts and Nevis: The Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and
Social Services will be collaborating with the Ministry of National Security and the OECS
Commission to host two (2) three-day training workshops with Police, Prison and Defense Force
officers and two (2) one – day sensitization workshops with sector stakeholders on juvenile
justice matters inclusive of the Child Justice Act of 2012 from May 14 – 25 2018. This national
legislation is the cornerstone to Juvenile Justice Reform in the Federation.

Since 2012, the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis has been receiving technical and financial
support from the regional Juvenile Justice Reform Project, funded by USAID. Now in its second
phase of implementation, the focus areas are diversion, rehabilitation, and reintegration.

The training will be held at the Police Training School on Williams Street, Basseterre. The
objectives of this capacity building exercise are to sensitize the identified officers and
stakeholders on juvenile justice reform issues including the following:
a) The juvenile justice system in St. Kitts and Nevis
b) International instruments in juvenile justice administration
c) Risk and protective factors
d) Adolescent development and juvenile justice
e) Child Justice Act – roles and responsibilities
f) Custody / Detention / Supervision
g) Diversion

At the close of the two week training period, it is expected that the High Command and other
officers for each law enforcement agencies along with practitioners and service providers in
juvenile justice will have a better understanding of the restorative and rehabilitative approaches
of juvenile justice reform and their roles and responsibilities as they encounter and provide
services to children and their families.

The USAID-OECS JJRP 2 is funded by the United States Agency for International Development
(USAID) and implemented by the OECS Commission. Through JJRP 2, assistance is being
provided to six OECS Member States focusing on increased use of diversion, strengthened
rehabilitation services and improved reintegration services for children who come into conflict
with the law.

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