The training approach included the introduction to basic report writing, interview techniques, record keeping, among others. Participants were familiarized with the concept of child protection, the procedures and processes of child protection in the context of their role as law enforcement officers
Held under the theme, “Protecting children right to diversion within the child justice system”, the training was organized as a continuation of trainings in line with the government of Liberia Agenda for Transformation AFT and UNICEF’s commitment under the UNMIL drawdown, on diversion to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement officers to handle children issues.
According to the organizers, the training would further increase the capacity of the Women and Children Protection Session WACPS and social workers within the child justice system to promote the protection of children from rights violation and increase access to diversion programs.
The juvenile justice program was established to ensure functionality of the criminal system by reducing the number minor and less serious offenses clogging up the formal justice system, allowing limited resources to be focused on repeat or high risk offenders.
Diversion of juvenile helps avoid stigmatization of juveniles who come in conflict with the law for minor offenses, by diverting them from formal judicial proceedings.
The Liberian children law article 9 sections 3.2 states that “at all stages of investigating and prosecuting a crime involving a child, diversionary measures shall be considered, with the advice and facilitation of probation officers, social workers, or other appropriate service providers”.