European Union and UNICEF join efforts to strengthen the Diversion and Mediation Programme in Georgia

The Diversion and Mediation Programme is an alternative mechanism to criminal proceedings and a key component of the juvenile justice system, which effectively prevents children from re-offending

10 March 2022
Diverted Juvenile with Social Worker
UNICEF

TBILISI, Georgia, 10 March 2022. Children and young people involved in the Diversion and Mediation Programme will benefit from the enhanced effectiveness of the programme as a result of a new initiative funded by the European Union and implemented by UNICEF in partnership with a local organization called the Georgian Center for Psychosocial and Medical Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (GCRT). The two-year initiative will provide technical assistance to the National Agency for Crime Prevention, Execution of Non-Custodial Sentences and Probation under the Ministry of Justice to enhance the effectiveness of the Diversion and Mediation Programme for its participants.

UNICEF and the GCRT will analyse the Diversion and Mediation Programme to identify challenges and barriers in practising diversion. Based on the results of the study, a concept for strengthening the programme will be developed. The existing quality assurance system will be enhanced with tools and guidelines, and relevant training will be provided for regular monitoring of the programme.

The project will support the refinement and improvement of existing working instruments, assist in the development of training modules and provide trainings for further capacity building of diversion programme professionals, such as social workers, mediators and prosecutors.

The project will also contribute to the strengthening and sustainability of the existing interagency cooperation mechanism. Workshops involving prosecutors, mediators and social workers in the Diversion and Mediation Programme will be held throughout Georgia to identify the existing challenges at the local level and to strengthen communication and coordination between different professionals.

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 to use it to the maximum extent possible.

The three-year project titled ‘Strengthening Systems and Services for Child Protection in Georgia’ is funded by the European Union. It aims to strengthen legislation, policies and guidelines that support the de-institutionalization process and to enhance the capacity of the professional workforce at central and municipal levels to support and protect children and families in Georgia.

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Communication Specialist, Head of Communication Section
UNICEF Georgia

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