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The department has developed instruments to be used in carrying out inquiry and presentence report writing for children in conflict with the law. Also developed is a scientific tool for assessing Risk and Needs for the offenders. This initiative has been accomplished through partnership between by the department and the Law Society of Kenya’s project funded by the Canadian Bar Association. The partnership is running a project dubbed Strengthening Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa (SAJCYEA) whose main goal is to improve on the lot of children in conflict with the law The project seeks to achieve its objectives through the provision of legal aid and psycho-social support services to children and youth, creation of legal awareness on child-friendly justice; advocacy for policy and legislative reform to improve access to justice for children and youth.

Speaking during the instruments validation workshop for probation officers held in Nairobi on the 3rd March 2016, the Senior Assistant Director in charge of Rehabilitation in the department Mrs. Christine Obondi noted that failure to identify the salient issues associated with youth criminality was a serious time-bomb especially with increased vulnerability to radicalisation and contamination. She praised the tool as versatile and will go a long way in bringing uniformity in work, improve on assessment of offending behaviour to be tackled during supervision and rehabilitation and enhance professionalism.

The Canadian expert assisting with the development of the tool Ms Lee Tustin noted that in comparison to the adult offender, child and youth offenders are perhaps least accorded adequate attention when their cases are adjudicated upon. In most cases, children are passive actors in a complex process that is presided over by adults and who may not always act in the best interest of the child owing to gaps in knowledge, attitude and skills. Thus, besides the legislation, the actors need effective assessment for decision making, and interventions that can be applied both at sentencing and subsequent supervision SAJCYEA project will developed training manuals and train probation officers on the use of the developed tools after establishing its efficacy. 

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