oa Article 40 - Child Justice Alliance Diversion Workshop held in Pretoria on 1 and 2 December 2008

Volume 11, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-4382



The workshop sought to achieve a number of purposes. First, it aimed to examine the new regulatory framework on diversion introduced by the Child Justice Bill. This entailed, examining the provisions on diversion - which children can be diverted, under what circumstances can children be diverted, who has the authority to decide on diversion, how are recommendations for diversion formulated, and by whom. Second, it was aimed at examining the provisions in the Bill that deal with who can provide diversion services - what are the provisions regarding accreditation and registration of diversion services and programmes, what are the time periods involved, which government departments are involved, and so forth. Finally, the workshop sought to examine issues such as the following: the minimum norms and standards for diversion programmes and services developed by the Department of Social Development (DSD); monitoring and evaluation of such programmes; effective programming; and the implications of these issues for diversion service providers on the one hand and government officials recommending or deciding on appropriate diversion programmes on the other.

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