15 Correctional Officers Receive Training To Improve Juvenile Support Services
In the month of March 2021 UP Zambia conducted a rehabilitation and reintegration capacity building program for 15 correctional officers attached to the Rise Again Project activities at parole board offices. The training was aimed at strengthening the reformatory system for a successful rehabilitation and reintegration process of the juveniles by training correctional officers from Lusaka Remand and Lusaka Central Correctional Facilities.
The main focus of the capacity building program was to improve and expand service delivery support for juveniles in correctional facilities for their successful reintegration and rehabilitation process. Key components of the training included Psychosocial Counselling, Family Counseling, Life Skills Training, Education Support and Work Placement Support.
With this training the capacities of Lusaka correctional officers in delivering effective rehabilitation and reintegration services for juveniles in correctional facilities has been enhanced.
Correctional officers and other stakeholders are key players in helping to reduce stigmatization and assisting juveniles easily reintegrate into society and contribute to social and economic development of their respective communities. UP Zambia values the need for joint action and close collaboration with stakeholders such as correctional officers in the juvenile justice system.
The Rise Again Project is being implemented by UP Zambia and BuildIt International in four facilities which include Lusaka Central male and female, Lusaka Remand Correctional Facility and Katombora Reformatory School. The aim of the project is to support juveniles, between the ages of 9 and 25 in conflict with the law, with holistic rehabilitation and reintegration. The project is funded by the European Union.