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Link Your Programme to the Court

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:

  • Individual, Family, Couple, Group, Behavioural Counselling/Therapy
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Mental Health Treatment/Support
  • Anger Management
  • Relationship Building
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Education and Skills Building
  • Mentoring
  • Sports
  • Music
  • Health
  • Creativity
  • Employment (Preparing for the world of work)

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.

 

What is the process?

The process includes the following key stages:

Submission of Documentation

To begin the process of becoming a court-annexed auxiliary programme, interested programme operators should:

  1. Have programme/s that address the rehabilitation of child offenders with varying risk of re-offending (low, medium, high) or have the proven ability to design and deliver such programmes.
  2. Complete and submit a programmes data form to the Juvenile Court Project (JCP) office. This form asks for preliminary information about your programme(s) or potential programme(s).
  3. Meet any additional request for documentation by the JCP Office.

Based on documentation submitted, programmes will be shortlisted for Programme Assessment.

 

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.

 

Interview

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:

  • Resumes of the Director and staff
  • A programme description including a mission statement
  • Any operational manuals used
  • Training records of staff
  • Name of programme participant and one other staff person who may be interviewed
  • Any data on programme such as recidivism and dropout rates
  • Copy of any curriculum used to teach classes

The following gives an indication of the types of questions that you may be asked:

  1. When was the programme formed?
  2. What is the mission of the programme?
  3. How long have the director and staff worked there?
  4. Does the programme do reference and criminal background checks on staff that are hired?
  5. What is the Director/Staff‘s education and experience?
  6. What criminogenic risks factors does the programme address and how?
  7. What are the entrance requirements of the programme?
  8. What is the process of a youth entering in the programme?
  9. What does the intake interview look like?
  10. What assessments do you use during the interview?
  11. Are the youth classified by risk level?
  12. What tool is used to determine risk?
  13. What level of risk does the programme focus on?
  14. Does a manual of operations exist?
  15. What therapeutic approach is used by the staff and how did they arrive at that approach?
  16. How often does a youth attend the programme?
  17. If it is a residential programme, how many hours a day does the youth attend intervention/treatment classes?
  18. What is the curriculum used in intervention/treatment classes?
  19. Does the programme specialise in any one type of offender?
  20. What data is kept on youth in the programme and where is it kept?
  21. What is the dropout rate of those attending the programme?
  22. Has the staff received training on evidence-based practices?
  23. What is the success rate of those who attend the programme and how is it measured?

 

Feedback based on Programme Assessment

You will receive feedback on your assessment including strengths, areas for improvement and recommendations for change.  

 

Shortlisting Based on Assessment

 

  • Behaviour 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. 

 

  • Community Resource

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.

 

Development of Action Plan

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.

 

Programme Readiness Assessment

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.

 

Engagement and Contract Phase

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.

 

Monitoring and Evaluation

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.

 

 

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Please email jcp.tt@undp.org or call 221-8614 for further assistance.

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