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A new organisation for prevention of juvenile delinquency will be established

07 January 2010 / 18:01:23  GRReporter
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Minister of Justice Charalampos Kastanidis announced the foundation of a center for prevention of criminal activities of juveniles and minors. Parallel to this changes in the punitive measures for children are expected to be made.

During Minister Kastanidis’ visitation in a Piraeus orphanage in November last year the ministry of justice announced they are planning to form a national network for protection of children in risk, children who are neglected or battered and under aged criminals. At today’s conference the minister together with the Ombudsman of the Republic Yorgos Kaminis, his assistant responsible for the matters related to children’s rights and the Greek commission of UNICEF took a decision to start the activities of the new organization.

Next step in this direction planned by the ministry of justice is to offer a bill in Parliament for the establishment of a new non-profit organization. The goals of the new institution will be to coordinate the work of orphanages and to organize initiatives for prevention of juvenile delinquency. Efforts will be made to establish closer cooperation with the services, educational centers, scientific organizations and NGOs. It is important to strengthen the measures for behavioral improvement of children and the relation to their families. More attention will be paid to the preparation and recording of correct statistical data and the formation of a mechanism for effective determination of children’s battering.

Tags: juvenile delinquency Ombudsman orphanage
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