Zambia Juvenile Justice: National Diversion Framework

Kirsten Anderson, Gwen Ross and Hon. Kenneth Mulife


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In 2016, Coram International worked with UNICEF Zambia to support the Zambian Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to develop a National Diversion Framework. The National Diversion Framework sets out the scope, criteria, process and options for the use of diversion in Zambia and was developed in the context of national child reform efforts, which are aimed at bringing the Zambian child justice system in line with international standards. The National Diversion Framework was developed in close collaboration with representatives from a range of key Government Ministries and NGOs/CSOs and aims to assist stakeholders, such as Magistrates, Law Enforcement Agencies and Social Welfare Officers, to respond to child offending by way of diversion from the formal court system.