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Article 62016The Department in partnership with the Law Society of Kenya’s project funded by the Canadian Bar Association, Strengthening Access to Justice for Children and Youth in East Africa (SAJCYEA) conducted its first training on the newly developed risk and needs assessment tool for children and juvenile. The three day Train the Trainer workshop, held from 16th to 18th May 2016, was attended by Probation Officers who had special interest in children and youth affairs. The workshop held at the ACK Guest House in Nairobi, marked yet another major step towards implementing reforms in the Kenyan probation practice. The need to use scientific based solutions in assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of young offenders was emphasized as this would reduce recidivism.

Ms Jennifer Khor, Project Director, International Initiatives of the Canadian Bar Association, praised the pivotal role of Probation Kenya in the partnership stating that the planned project activities in Kenya had run smoothly save for resource constraints. The workshop was also graced by Judge LaRochelle, a practicing judge from the Alberta Canadian who reiterated the importance of using scientific tools to inform social inquiry reports. Emphasis was further laid by trainer Lee Tustin, Child and Youth Advocate, Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Ontario, Ms Lee Tustin, on the importance of using scientifically tools to aid in objective decision making. The assessment tool will be piloted for analysis of its performance before it is rolled out. Kenya’s juvenile and youthful offenders are set to benefit from the use of the tool, as Probation Officers will provide correct individualized treatment programmes based on the assessment of risks and needs. Resultantly, it is envisaged that repeat contact with the justice system will in the future be reduced.

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