Defence for Children International (DCI) a non-governmental organization has recently ended three days combined training for their staff and staff of the Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs on child justice for social workers and probation officers.
Hawanatu Mansaray, DCI Western Area Programme Manager, told Awoko that her organization seeks to promote and protect the rights of children and work with institutions to strengthen laws that protect and promote their rights and provide socio legal support for these children when they come in conflict with the law.
The training supported by UNICEF will provide social and legal supports to the Social Welfare Ministry to capacitate it to be able to support children in conflict with the law. She said the training is a-six month project expected to end in December.
“It is our hope that by the end of the project, the Ministry would be strong enough to put a system in place to monitor police and court processes dealing with children in conflict with the law.
Madam Mansaray said DCI has been in the forefront of juvenile justice and the protection of children’s rights since its inception and has trained lots of people old and young and including the police on issues such as child trafficking, juvenile justice and treatment of children in conflict with the law.
One of the trainees Simeon Menjor of the Social Welfare Ministry as Probation Officer in Makeni said that he learnt a lot during the training, noting that must of the modules dealt with had relevance with his duties.
By Nancy Koroma
Tuesday August 05, 2014