As part of our efforts to build a rehabilitative and restorative Children Court system, we are identifying intervention programmes that can work with the Court. These programmes will be called Court-annexed Auxiliary programmes. They will be made accessible via court orders to children who come before the court. Programmes may be publicly or privately operated and fall into one or more of the following categories:
Court-annexed programmes will be categorised as either 'Behaviour Change' or 'Community Resource' programmes. Behaviour Change programmes are evidence-based programmes which will be targeted at offenders who have been assessed to be at a medium to high risk for reoffending. Community Resource programmes will be targeted at offenders who have been assessed to be at a low risk for re-offending.
If you are interested in having your programme considered as a court-annexed auxiliary programme, keep reading below.
The process includes the following key stages:
To begin the process of becoming a court-annexed auxiliary programme, interested programme operators should:
Based on documentation submitted, programmes will be shortlisted for Programme Assessment.
Programme assessments are done via interviews conducted by an assessment team. Assessments are conducted at the site of your programme operations or at the JCP office. They focus primarily on two broad issues; programme content and programme capacity. For example, in an assessment, we look at areas such as organisational sustainability, qualification and experience of staff, programme qualification, and monitoring and evaluation methods. Interview questions focus on programme leadership and development, staff characteristics, quality assurance measures in place, entrance criteria into the programme, and types of treatment/intervention used etc.
Once the required documentation has been submitted, you will receive a letter indicating date and time of your interview. You are also required to submit the following prior to the interview:
The following gives an indication of the types of questions that you may be asked:
You will receive feedback on your assessment including strengths, areas for improvement and recommendations for change.
Programmes that meet most of the assessment criteria will be shortlisted. If your programme is shortlisted as a Behaviour Change programme but does not meet all the necessary criteria, you will be invited to indicate your willingness to work with the JCP team to build your programme content and/or programme capacity.
Programmes that are shortlisted as Community Resource programmes will be selected and placed on a listing that is made available to the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago.
Once your programmes have been shortlisted and you have indicated your willingness to work collaboratively with the JCP team, the team will work with you to develop an action plan to assist in capacity building and content development for your programme. Training and technical assistance will also be made available to programme operators who qualify to receive such support.
Based on the completion of the Action Plan and other similar requirements, programmes will then be assessed to ensure their readiness to deliver services as required by the Children Court of Trinidad and Tobago.
Once programmes are assessed as ready by the JCP team, the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago will invite you to enter into a contract with them outlining the terms and conditions of your engagement.
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago will conduct ongoing evaluations of Auxiliary programmes for quality assurance including quality programme delivery, programme fidelity, consistent application of evidence-based practices, data collection and analysis of programme outcomes and the appropriate matching of offender with treatment.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 221-8614 for further assistance.