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OECS and USAID continue to support training of officers in Juvenile Justice Reform

OECS and USAID continue to support training of officers in Juvenile Justice Reform

OECS Media Release

Kingstown, St. VincentOver one hundred Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police and Prison Officers are now better prepared to address juvenile justice reform concerns and provide support to youth in conflict with the law.  

The Ministry of National Mobilisation in collaboration with the Organisation for Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), conducted two (2) three–day training workshops for police and prison/correctional officers; one (1) one–day sensitisation session for gazetted police and prision officers; and two (2) one–day sensitisation sessions for other stakeholders in the system from February 5th to 15th, 2018.

The training was attended by 138 participants, 113 of whom were officers, at the Lecture Hall of the Police Training School from 8:15 am to 4:15pm daily and was designed to sensitise the identified officers on juvenile justice reform issues including:

  • the juvenile justice system in St. Vincent and the Grenadines;
  • risk and protective factors;
  • the OECS draft Child Justice Bill;
  • adolescent development; and
  • anticipated police duties under the OECS Child Justice Bill.

With earlier JJRP support, St. Vincent and the Grenadines established Diversion, Child Protection and Parenting Coordination Units to better align and deliver services to children and their families and the Liberty Lodge Boys Rehabilitation Centre was refurbished to facilitate residential and non-residential services for youth who come into contact with the law.

JJRP II has also supported training for mental health screening and risk and needs assessment to allow more tailored rehabilitation services and; the Truant Students Rehabilitation Program was introduced in secondary schools, to allow school aged youth to gain life skills that will increase their chances of leading productive lives.  

JJRP II will continue to support similar reforms, focusing on greater use of Diversion, improved Rehabilitation services and Reintegration support for youth leaving detention facilities. 

This initiative was funded under the Juvenile Justice Reform Project (JJRP) II. The main facilitator was Ms. Gloria Septra Augustus, OECS Technical Specialist of the Juvenile Justice Reform Project Phase 11.

JJRP II is a partnership between the OECS, USAID and participating Member States in the Eastern Caribbean, to expand use of rehabilitative and restorative practices, in providing services and support for children who come into contact with the law. 

 

   This story aligns with OECS Strategic Objective No.4: Assure the Security and Well-being of Citizens.
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The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is an International Organisation dedicated to economic harmonisation and integration, protection of human and legal rights, and the encouragement of good governance among independent and non-independent countries in the Eastern Caribbean. The OECS came into being on June 18th 1981, when seven Eastern Caribbean countries signed a treaty agreeing to cooperate with each other while promoting unity and solidarity among its Members. The Treaty became known as the Treaty of Basseterre, so named in honour of the capital city of St. Kitts and Nevis where it was signed. The OECS today, currently has ten members, spread across the Eastern Caribbean comprising Antigua and Barbuda, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla and Martinique.

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