Institutional strengthening to improve justice for children in conflict with law in collaboration with UNICEF
SHED in collaboration with Police and with the support of UNICEF provided support to the institutions responsible for juvenile justice i.e. Police, Probation, Prosecution, Prison, Judiciary and Social Welfare Department in the administration of justice for children in contact with the law in conflict with law at the local and provincial levels based on the principles of restorative justice and as provided for in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children (UN CRC and other relevant international instruments on juvenile justice.
The aim of the program was to strengthen capacities of justice and social welfare institutions to promote diversion and child friendly investigation for children in conflict with law, enhance their knowledge and application of the Juvenile Justice System Ordinance (“JJSO”), monitoring cases and knowledge and information management.
The project supported relevant institutions in establishing a process for timely diversion of cases for children in conflict with law and advocate for the appointment of a Special Public Prosecutor for children within the Prosecutor General Sindh’s Office. Further it will provide technical assistance and advocacy to the Police Department to create a Child and Youth Relation Service where a Child and Youth Relation Officer would handle the cases of children in contact with law.
The project provided technical assistance to the police department to prepare SOPs for implementation by the police officers to address cases of children in conflict with the law in accordance with the JJSO, including accurate, official documentation..