The Children's Authority has the overall responsibility for the well-being of all children in Trinidad and Tobago, including children in conflict with the law. In this regard, legislation mandates that the Authority be informed once a child has committed an offence in an effort to action the responsibilities of the Authority thereafter.
The Authority will work with children in conflict with the law by facilitating access to much needed assessments, which will identify areas of risk in their lives, and guide the interventions that are necessary for their rehabilitation. Furthermore, the Authority has partnered with several agencies that are leading the way in Juvenile Justice reform in the areas of rehabilitation programmes, court processes and protocols that focus on restorative rather than punitive approaches.
As the new child protection system and the new juvenile justice system evolve, these collaborative efforts between agencies will be more strongly developed. The Authority stands ready to support these much needed reforms in the best interest of the child.