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UPCLOSE WITH ACJ COMMUNITY CORRECTIONAL CENTRE-BUILDING LIVES

The CCC-Building Lives was established in 2014 and remains to be one of the most impactful and influential operational space of ACJ’s work. It was officially launched to the public in same year on the 1st April with Munali Member of Parliament (MP) Honourable Professor Nkandu Luo.

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Advocacy for Child Justice (ACJ) has not relented in the effort of creating safe spaces for children and the importance of treating children like children and promoting what is in their best interest with a bias to the children that are at risk and those that come into conflict with the law. ACJ has committed itself to the promotion of Child Justice and Children’s Human Rights within Zambia through its Children’s Community Correctional Centre (CCC) themed building lives.

As such, through the Correctional Centre the organization has undertaken numerous tasks and projects aimed at furthering the objectives of protection, promotion, advocacy and implementation of children’s rights, policies and programmes within the nation.

The ACJ Community Correctional Centre-Building Lives is one unique operational space with distinguishing features in its composition, combining different aspects of child justice administration under one umbrella.39880739_2277419259203917_6992760997647745024_nThe concept behind the Correctional Centre is directed by Josphat Njobvu who believes in promoting and championing restorative justice for children and providing safe spaces for their restoration and rehabilitation processes .Through his efforts the Correctional Centre has committed itself to act as a coordination link between the state actors such as Police, Social welfare department, Legal Aid Board, Zambia Prosecution Authority, Zambia Correctional Services and the Courts in the case management processes of the child offenders in justice system in Zambia.

It has reviewed and documented results of best practices in pushing for child friendly services through its strong work relationships in the administration of child justice systems.

IMG_20181109_102922The CCC- Building Lives has worked closely with the Judiciary, Courts, Department of Public Prosecution (DPP), and Department of Social Welfare in pushing and advocating for speedy trial, confirmations, facilitation of legal representation of children in conflict with the law and also promoting the establishment of child friendly courts in Zambia. This has been through meetings, workshops, advocacy campaigns among other efforts. Through its efforts child friendly services are now considered during pre and post-trial investigation, transformative efforts of children that have passed through the Community Correctional Centre (CCC) have also been documented through Success stories which are bringing hope to society and children who are in the process of rehabilitation.

However, more than 3,429 children have been reached extensively. It has further contributed to the decongestion of children in Correctional facilities through its diversion programmes where it has received and continues receiving diversion cases from the courts, police post and within communities.

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It continues to acts as a measure in monitoring change and maintaining positivism of good behaviour in children as a cushion on government’s efforts towards vision 2030 agenda, the Seventh National Development Plan (7NDP) and child rights treaties among other treaties.

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