CRC requires separate and distinct approach

UNICEF Pacific Child Protection Expert, Shelley Casey at the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions(ODPP) Annual Prosecution Conference at Pacific Harbour last week. Picture: VISHAAL KUMAR

THE Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) required countries to establish a separate and distinct approach to dealing with children in conflict with the law.

This was highlighted by UNICEF Pacific Child Protection Expert, Shelley Casey at the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions(ODPP) Annual Prosecution Conference at Pacific Harbour last week.

Ms Casey said the further a child advances into the criminal justice system, the more likely he or she was to re-offend.

“The response to a child’s offending should be based on a comprehensive assessment of their background and circumstances and the factors underlying their behaviour,” she

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