Earlier this month, PRI’s South Caucasus and Central Asia offices organised for a delegation from Kazakhstan to visit Georgia to learn about the country’s good practice examples in the fields of child protection, welfare and justice.
The delegation visited children’s rehabilitation facilities, low-risk facilities, foster homes, and family homes for homeless children and children with disabilities, in order to learn about juvenile crime prevention; inter-agency coordination; diversion, mediation and alternatives for children; the specialisation of professionals engaged with children; and rehabilitation programmes for children.
Tsira Chanturia, PRI’s Regional Director in the South Caucasus, said that ‘During the past few years, Georgia has undertaken significant reforms to improve its systems in the best interests of children, and the reforms are still ongoing, with the support of international donors and partners. We are glad to hear that Kazakhstan plans to take a comprehensive approach to reforming its child welfare/justice systems, and to share our experiences and lessons learnt.’
Meetings were held with UNICEF and Georgian NGOs that work with children, as well as with the Ministry of Justice; the Ministry of Labour, Healthcare and Social Security; the Chief Prosecutor’s Office; and the Police Academy. The delegation consisted of representatives from Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Education Committee for the Protection of Children’s Rights, the penitentiary service, the General Prosecutor’s Office, and the police.
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Main image: delegates at the Ministry of Justice.
Inset image: meeting at the Ministry of Corrections.