First local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency established
Skopje, 28 September 2011: Today the Kavadarci Municipality Council formally approved the functioning of a local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency. This is the first of eleven local councils that will be launched with support from the EU and UNICEF, to help prevent juvenile delinquency at the local level.
The State Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency was recently established to coordinate the national response to juvenile delinquency but local councils are expected to play key role in strengthening the protective and preventive environment at the local level. Local councils will be responsible for monitoring and responding to needs in their respective local municipalities; developing programmes for local community involvement in prevention activities, and coordinating work with the State Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency.
The members of the local councils include representatives from the regional units of the Ministry of Interior; local representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy; social workers from the Centers for Social Work; delegates from parental councils in primary and secondary schools; representatives from civic associations, representatives from the legal community as well as other community members..
“The establishment and the full efficiency of the local councils for prevention of juvenile delinquency is vital to a functional juvenile justice system that will take our country closer to the standards of the European Union,” said Ms. Ana Andova, representative of the State Council of Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency, following the Kavadarci Municipal Council’s formal approval of the local body.
Following the establishment of the first local council, UNICEF in partnership with the NGO “Council for Prevention of Juvenile Delinquency”, will support ten pilot municipalities (Karpos, Suto Orizari, Tetovo, Kumanovo, Bitola, Prilep, Kavadarci, Ohrid, Gostivar, Veles) to join the initiative.
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