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CATCH Programme Overview
Our programme is designed to enhance the access to justice for children in contact with the law in Zimbabwe. It does so by enabling them to access legal aid and case management services in a just and timely manner. Education and awareness is also done in order to increase knowledge on juvenile justice and as a preventive measure. The programme is also designed to do research on juvenile justice in Zimbabwe and uses the information acquired for advocacy purposes and appraisal of the programme. Key to reintegration of young offenders is skills development in order to address issues relating to their economic status which are a major push factor into crime.
Organisational Programme Pillars
To create sustainable initiatives aimed at reducing the number of children in prison, increase reintegration of children in conflict with the law and to mainstream child centred principles and practices in the justice system in order to enhance access to justice for children
Children in conflict with the law, families of children in conflict with the law, communities affected by children’s criminal activities, Magistrates, prosecutors, DoSS, ZPCS, Zimbabwe Republic Police, civil society organisations advocating for child protection especially prisoners’ rights and lawyers representing accused child offender. Our impact is based on fruitful relations with government departments such as Department of Social Service, Child Welfare and Probation Services, Zimbabwe Prison and Correction Services, Ministry of Justice-Legal Aid Directorate, Public Prosecutors and Magistrates. Our line of work calls for great collaboration with other child protection committee members hence the establishment of an effective referral system to ensure holistic programming and intervention.
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