Rehabilitation for Youth in Conflict with the Law (Diversion)
The provincial Department of Social Development, along with non-profit organisations, runs a number of diversion programmes for children who have run foul of the law.
"Diversion" refers to diverting an accused child away from formal court procedures and towards a more constructive, positive solution based on the principles of restorative justice. Diversion may be offered either with or without conditions.
As at the beginning of 2007, the following Level One Diversion options were available at the provincial Department of Social Development's District Offices.
These options are only available to children who voluntarily confess to the crime and at the recommendation of a probation officer. All children who are arrested are supposed to be assessed by a probation officer within 48 hours of arrest.
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