Wa, Aug. 31, GNA – The Legal Resources Centre,
a non-government organization, has engaged stakeholders on justice for children
to solicit their input on issues affecting children in contact and in conflict
with the law of the country.
The engagement sought to inform existing
policies and national institutions such that they would be more transparent,
accountable and work towards a more human rights-oriented justice for child
The nationwide consultation programme,
supported by European Union, was held under the theme: “Justice for Children:
Bridging the Gap between Legislation and Practice”.
Mr Clarke Noyoru, the Project Coordinator for
Legal Resources Centre, said the project interventions in areas of policy and
legislation reforms would improve service delivery.
He said it would also ensure children in
conflict and in contact with the law were adequately protected and their rights
Mr Noyoru said the extended family system
plays an important role in the upbringing of children and there is the need for
members to play their role in order to avoid child delinquencies in the
“Weak roles of families is responsible for a
lot of delinquencies, there is progressive increase in the number of juvenile
cases today, we have a lot of children committing crimes,” he said.
He expressed worry that there were no child
friendly correctional facilities in the country and this has compelled
authorities to place deviant children in adult cells.
The participants deliberated and made inputs
into existing child justice legislation, policy and institutional frameworks as
well as identified gaps and made proposed amendments to legislations on rights
Mr Noyoru called on stakeholders in the child
justice sector to build synergies and ensure continuous discourse that would
promote enhanced children policy and relevant legislation.
He said there is the need to license social
welfare officers so that they would provide professional services including
probation and writing of social enquiry reports amongst others necessary in
seeking justice for children.