The Center for Juvenile Delinquency (CEJUDEL) is a Non-Governmental Organisation dedicated to preventing children and young people from becoming involved with the courts. It seeks to uphold the highest standards of care for juveniles who are charged with wrongdoing, as well as find themselves as crime victims within the justice system. CEJUDEL envisions a nation that supports children at risk of delinquency and in conflict with the law.
The Center for Juvenile Delinquency (CEJUDEL) is a Non-Governmental Organisation founded in 2017 as a response to the need for a non- profit making organisation to protect and advocate for justice for the vulnerable, deprived and marginalized children and youth who become involved with courts and the victims of crime within the justice system of Ghana. It further seeks to uphold the highest standards of care for children and youth with their families, when charge with wrongdoing, as well as find themselves as crime victims within the justice system. In 2017, CEJUDEL got the registration number CG110272017 as a legally incorporated NGO and works mainly as an organisation with a socio-legal focus both at the local and national levels.
CEJUDEL has a mission to collaborate with state, families, children and allies in matters concerning juvenile justice; and provide support to child victims’ in a bid to prevent children and young people from encountering the court system, and protecting their interests and dignity where they are involved in the justice system.
Our vision is to see a nation supportive of children at risk of delinquency and child victims of crime.
To develop a body of knowledge on Juvenile Justice to provide support for children at risk of delinquency and child victims of crime in Ghana.
To create awareness on child delinquency and the challenges facing child victims of crime in Ghana.
To ensure the rights of child delinquents and child victims of crime are respected and enforced in Ghana.
To create a support network of relevant stakeholders advocating and defending the rights of child delinquents and child victims of crime in Ghana.
To help prevent juvenile delinquency and children from coming into conflict with the law.
Ghana is legendary for its hospitality and the welcoming and affable nature of its citizens. This makes the country a perfect environment for volunteers. The Center acknowledges that volunteerism is an integral part of a community’s response to the plight of child delinquents and child victims of crime, an opportunity for individuals to put their skills and expertise at the service of a marginalized group within society. The Center offers an opportunity for institutions to fulfil their corporate social responsibility obligations and individuals to invest their time, skills and expertise in programs designed to address the challenges faced by child delinquents and child victims of crime with respect to justice in Ghana.
CEJUDEL places high priority on youth involvement in the juvenile justice reform. In the youth engagement programme, we organize seminars and clinics on Juvenile Justice for the youth at the local level, targeting high school and tertiary students. Annual youth leaders’ summits to continually educate the youth on their entitlements and responsibilities in juvenile justice is also considered under this programme. Lastly, the organisation in partnership with key stakeholders, develops systems for the protection of victims and juveniles in the educational institutions.Volunteer for this project
CEJUDEL offers numerous training opportunities on emerging trends, best practices, public policy, leadership development and critical legal issues in juvenile justice. Our conferences and technical assistance programmes feature subject matter experts that will engage and empower stakeholders, partners and allies to become leading voices on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention issues and policies.Volunteer for this project
Creating new knowledge, innovation and documentation of best practices is an essential ingredient in the juvenile justice reform. CEJUDEL undertakes research to back its programmes, educate and inform policy makers and other actors on innovative and best practices in juvenile justice.Volunteer for this project
CEJUDEL promotes best practices and policies for the care and protection of the young offender and child victims of crime in the best interest of the child. In our JJR programme, CEJUDEL collaborates with state actors to develop national standards for the care and protection of the youth in conflict with the law. It targets the judicial leadership in order to leverage on their access and influence on justice administration, in a bid to convene practitioners, providers, parents and other stakeholders to divert youth from the courts and locked confinement into community-based and family-centered responses that better meet youth and family needs. This equally ensures the protection of child victims of criminal offences.Volunteer for this project
CEJUDEL provides legal representation for young offenders in the court of law. Our “reclaiming the future” programme recognizes the importance of collaborating with stakeholders and professionals in resolving juvenile justice issues. Through this programme, CEJUDEL, among others:
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