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Launch of the Thai Version of the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice
The violence against children issue is complex and tends to rise continuously. Thus, for the best interest of the child, it needs law enforcement and other public and private agencies involved to equip themselves with knowledges, capacity, and awareness of the vulnerability of the children in conflict with the law. Hence, the United Nations Model Strategies was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2014. The UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice serve to support a comprehensive, system-wide and strategic approach, in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, to prevent and respond to violence against children effectively.
To practically promote and support the implementation of the United Nations Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the Field of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Thailand, the TIJ and Nitivajra Institute, Office of the Attorney General, hosted a webinar “The Tools for the Elimination of the Violence against Children: the UN Model Strategies” and launch the UN Model Strategies on 15 July 2021.
“I am convinced that this document will be a source of valuable practical guidance to all stakeholders involved in protecting children from violence across Thailand – be they legislators, policymakers, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, detention facility officers, legal aid providers, child protection professionals or child rights advocates.” Ms. Valerie Lebaux, Chief, Justice Section, UNODC, said in her opening remarks.
The webinar also featured an opening remarks from ML. Suppakit Jaroonroj, Secretary-General of Nitivajra Institute, special talks on the introduction to the UN Model Strategies on VAC by Mr. Vongthep Atthakraivalvatee, Advisor of the TIJ and Mrs. Santanee Disayabutr, Director, Secretariat Office of Nitivajra Institute. Moreover, Ms. Vorapat Sangkaew, Head Nurse of Social Welfare Department at One Stop Crisis Center (OSCC), Pathumthani Hospital and Dr. Suntriya Muanpawong, Secretary of the Court of Appeal Region 1, exchanged experiences and views on some key priorities in the Thailand context such as violence in the school settings, the alternative to detention, diversion, and case management and the role of 'multi-disciplinary team'.