EU and UNICEF support juvenile justice professionals to gain specialized knowledge on child rights

UNICEF, with support from the European Union, continues to strengthen the capacity of the Diversvion and Mediation Programme workforce in Georgia

17 February 2022
Over 50 professionals from the Non-custodial Penalties and National Probation Agency increased their knowledge and skills on working with the children in conflict with the law, as well as child victims and witnesses of crime
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Over 50 professionals from the Non-custodial Penalties and National Probation Agency increased their knowledge and skills on working with the children in conflict with the law, as well as child victims and witnesses of crime

Tbilisi, Georgia, 17 February, 2022 – Over 50 professionals from the Non-custodial Penalties and National Probation Agency increased their knowledge and skills on working with the children in conflict with the law, as well as child victims and witnesses of crime. The four-day training programme was organized within the framework of the EU and UNICEF joint initiative to promote specialization of professionals of juvenile justice system and in partnership with the Training Center of Justice of Georgia.

Participants were introduced to five training modules about the legal and psychological aspects of juvenile justice, such as the psychological aspects of anti-social behavior, the impact of violence on child development, the Juvenile Justice Code, and international standards. The training participants are actively involved in the Diversion and Mediation Programme.

Diversion is an alternative mechanism to criminal proceedings and a major cornerstone of the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice Code requires professionals to consider application of diversion as a priority measure and use it to the maximum extent possible, giving children the opportunity to understand the impact of their actions and to obtain support to prevent re-offending. To ensure effective utilization of the mechanism, it is essential that all professionals working with juveniles are specialized.

Specialization of the juvenile justice professionals is implemented as part of the three-year programme ‘Strengthening Systems and Services for Child Protection in Georgia’ supported by the European Union to strengthen legislation, policies and guidance to support the de-institutionalization process; and to enhance capacity of professional workforce at central and municipal levels to support and protect children and families in Georgia.

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UNICEF Georgia

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