The Juvenile Justice and Welfare Council (JJWC), in partnership with the Supreme Court, Philippine Judicial Academy, Supreme Court Committee on Family Courts and Juvenile Concerns, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, hold the first batch of training on Outcome-Based Education Training on Juvenile Justice (OBET-JJ) via Distance Learning on July 25 – 29, 2022 via Zoom.

In pursuit of continuous provision of education and training despite the COVID-19 Pandemic, the OBET-JJ is an intensive, five-day multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary training program designed to inculcate the value of developing a holistic appreciation on restorative justice and the plights of children in conflict with the law (CICL). It aims to equip judges, public prosecutors, public attorneys, branch clerks of court, court social workers, court psychologists, and other juvenile justice practitioners on the needed competencies in conducting diversion, disposition, and other alternatives to detention.

“As we embrace the new normal, the JJWC is also embracing and maximizing the power of technology to ensure the continuity of capacity-building activities for our judges and court personnel towards the better provision of services to our children,” said JJWC Executive Director Atty. Tricia Clare A. Oco.

Specifically, OBET-JJ intends to mainstream the formulation of appropriate diversion program and alternatives to detention for the CICL, and monitoring plan and after-care support services that also considers the rights and interests of the victims.  It also aims to provide skills in facilitating victim-offender conferencing using multi-disciplinary and restorative justice approaches and promote the application of the appropriate processes in handling cases of CICL and complainant on all stages of juvenile justice and welfare system.

Additionally, through this project, the Council and its partners also seek to actively engage the local governments and other stakeholders in handling CICL cases.

“JJWC together with other government agencies and our development partner, hope that this training will provide the technical knowledge and most essential skills for court personnel and duty bearers to judicially use diversion and other alternatives to detention within their respective court diversion committees”, Atty. Oco said.