The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has launched Child Justice Guidelines Posters, which are designed to better equip justice sector stakeholders to deal with children coming in contact with the justice system.They were unveiled during the opening ceremony for the OCA’s ‘Child Justice Guidelines Training Seminar’ for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Justices of the Peace (JPs), at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Hanover on Saturday, September 21.The posters, which will be mounted at police stations islandwide, depict visual aids and reminders derived from the Child Justice Guidelines.The Guidelines are encapsulated in a publication initially issued in 2013, and represents the first such document in the Caribbean.It serves as a resource handbook for judges, defence lawyers, prosecutors, police, correctional officers, and any other individual who must deal with a child at any stage of the process of coming in contact with the justice system.Speaking at the event, Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, indicated that the posters are intended to help the police and JPs execute their duties more effectively while observing the rights of children.“When we look at the issues that were recurring [and] some of the calls that we would get from police officers to ask for assistance, we thought that these visual aids would be great reminders,” she explained.Mrs. Gordon Harrison advised that Police Commissioner, Major General Antony Anderson, has endorsed the initiative, adding that “we will be dispensing all of these posters… which will [provide] timely messages and reminders for you [police and JPs] and members of the public”.Meanwhile, Mrs. Gordon Harrison said the training seminar represents “a significant milestone in a journey that has seen the OCA having meaningful discussions with the diverse stakeholders in the justice sector”.“Who better to have the dialogue with than our very own police and Justices of the Peace? We need you as our strategic partners in this process. It is you [JPs] who are the first responders at the police station and in the communities that you serve,” she argued.In his remarks, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), Clifford Blake, who represented Major General Anderson, noted that the OCA has been instrumental in safeguarding the rights of the nation’s children.He emphasised that this is a “responsibility that the JCF shares and takes seriously”.“Over the years, the JCF, in partnership with key agencies, has developed several policies to support our laws to provide for the safety of our children and to ensure that their rights are protected,” DCP Blake indicated.He noted that one of the JCF’s latest policies saw the organisation developing the Child Interaction Policy and Procedure (CIPP), “which clearly provide guidelines for our members with established protocols on how to sensitively treat with persons under the age of 18”.Additionally, DCP Blake said the JCF is engaged in several children intervention initiatives such as the School Resource Officers programme, youth clubs, summer camps, and community programmes. They were unveiled during the opening ceremony for the OCA’s ‘Child Justice Guidelines Training Seminar’ for members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and Justices of the Peace (JPs), at the Grand Palladium Resort and Spa in Hanover on Saturday, September 21. The posters, which will be mounted at police stations islandwide, depict visual aids and reminders derived from the Child Justice Guidelines. Story Highlights The Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA) has launched Child Justice Guidelines Posters, which are designed to better equip justice sector stakeholders to deal with children coming in contact with the justice system.
Denise Fergus said that revealing Jon Venables’ new identity ‘could lead to vigilante action and innocent people being hurt’Credit:Christopher Furlong /Getty The two family members are represented by solicitor-advocate Robin Makin. Sir James Munby, President of the High Court’s Family Division, is dealing with preliminary issues in the application to vary or discharge an injunction originally granted by the High Court in 2001.Venables has been living anonymously since his release from a life sentence for the kidnap, torture and murder of two-year-old James 25 years ago. Both Venables and Thompson were later granted lifelong anonymity by a High Court judge. James was murdered by 10-year-olds Venables and Robert Thompson after they snatched him from a shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, in February 1993. He was charged after police found more than 1,000 indecent images on his computer. It was the second time he had been caught with such images and when he was arrested he told police he was plagued by “stupid urges”.James’s mother, Denise Fergus, and father, Ralph Bulger, both attended the Old Bailey when Venables was sentenced in February. Jamie Bulger was snatched him from a shopping in February 1993Credit:PA Show more The mother of James Bulger has said killer Jon Venables should keep his anonymity to avoid “vigilante action” despite a legal challenge brought by the murdered toddler’s father and uncle.James’s father, Ralph Bulger, and uncle, Jimmy Bulger, have launched a High Court application against an order that allows Venables to live under a cloak of anonymity.It is being aired in open court before the most senior family judge in England and Wales on Tuesday.But James’s mother, Denise Fergus, said she is not involved in the High Court proceedings before Sir James Munby. In a statement, she said: “I understand the motivation for the application, but my concern is that if Venables were known by his own name, it could lead to vigilante action and innocent people being hurt.” Following release they have lived under new identities. But Venables has since been convicted and sent back to jail over indecent images of children.In February, he was jailed for three years and four months after admitting surfing the dark web for extreme child abuse images and possessing a “sickening” paedophile manual.