JAMAICA-RIGHTS-Government to undertake programme regarding child diversion.


The Jamaica government says it will conduct a 'massive' sensitisation programme for child diversion, which seeks to deal with children who are alleged, accused or recognised to have infringed the law, without resorting to formal judicial proceedings.

Justice Minister Delroy Chuck told a high-level stakeholder sensitisation session on child diversion that the event signalled the start of intimate engagements with critical stakeholders involved in the implementation of the Child Diversion Programme such as the judiciary, members of the prosecutorial arm, security forces and health professionals.

The sensitisation sessions follow the passage of the Child Diversion Act, 2018, the provisions of which aim to ensure that every child in conflict with the law is treated in a manner that recognises and upholds human dignity and worth; diverts the child away from engaging in deviant and delinquent behaviour; and instils in the youngsters...

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