The Principal Secretary, State Department for Correctional Services, Zeinab A. Hussein, CBS on 30th June 2021 in Nairobi presided over the award-giving ceremony of Human Rights Advisers from Probation and After Care Service and Kenya Prisons Service Easy Writing Competition. The competition themed: Implementation of International Human Rights Standards and the COVID-19 Pandemic saw over 60 entrants from all over the country from among whom the winners were chosen by a panel of experts. The ceremony also marked the end of the 2015-2021 Raul Wallenberg Institute and Swedish Embassy in Kenya support in strengthening the capacity of Correctional Services in human rights standards. Also attending the ceremony was the Director of Probation Service Mrs. Mary Mbau and the Director of RWI Regional Office in Nairobi, Rakel Larsen.
In 2020, Probation and After Care Service held its first-ever national Children’s Competition involving children under the supervision of Probation Officers. The competition was a joint creative project with support from the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) through the Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD).
Children, aged 8 to 17 years, from August to September 2020 were invited to take part in the art project where they were to create their own artistic works expressing their experiences in the justice system. Through the art competition themed: ‘Probation: A New Beginning,’ every child was asked to submit at least 2 pieces of art with a brief description of their work and an accompanying message they want people to hear through a competition.
Probation and After Care Service on 5th December 2019 took part in the International Volunteer Day (IVD) celebrations in Nairobi. The volunteer festival, which was themed ‘Volunteer for an inclusive future’ drew participation from the National Government, Counties and Non-Governmental Volunteer Agencies. During the festival, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Hon. Abdul Bahari acknowledged the support by the United Nations towards the development of the National Volunteer Policy. This Policy is an important tool that will help in providing guidelines on effective coordination and sustenance of volunteerism in the Country.
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On 21st January 2020, PACS joined various stakeholders to validate the Child Care and Protection Officers Program (CCPO) Training Module 1 at a workshop in Nairobi. The CCPO program was started in 2009 to enhance the coordination of Juvenile Justice Agencies for better treatment and care of child offenders. This was after a survey was conducted among the agencies to assess the knowledge and skills of officers in handling child offenders. The workshop aimed at revising the first Module, which draws its guidelines from various Juvenile Justice Agencies and international instruments for eventual implementation.
Probation and After Care Service held a National Workshop to develop the PACS Data Collection System from 4th to 7th November 2019 in Naivasha, Nakuru County. The workshop, which was the first of its kind in the region was aimed at developing a comprehensive framework based on the International Classification of Crime for Statistical Purposes (ICCS) for capturing data and statistics on crime and criminal justice.The workshop drew participation from National Council of the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), Probation and After Care Service (PACS), National Crime Research Centre (NCRC), Kenya Prisons Service (KPS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).