Unveiling the Power of Restorative Justice for Children in Conflict with the Law

In a thought-provoking presentation, Arti Mohan from New Delhi shed light on the pressing need for child-friendly restorative justice practices. As a Restorative Justice Program Officer at Counsel to Secure Justice, Arti is actively involved in implementing a pilot project aimed at transforming the lives of children who find themselves entangled in legal conflicts.

The world of restorative justice has been gaining momentum as an alternative approach to traditional punitive measures. While its potential benefits cannot be overstated, it is equally crucial to recognize and address the risks associated with offering restorative justice solutions to children. This realization forms the foundation upon which Arti’s presentation was built

With unwavering determination and compassion, Arti emphasized that ensuring children’s best interests and safety should always be paramount when designing any form of restorative justice program. By intertwining child rights into these practices, we can create an environment that not only fosters healing but also empowers young individuals to become active participants in their own rehabilitation process.

Moreover, acknowledging children’s unique developmental needs plays a pivotal role in tailoring effective interventions within this context. Understanding how age influences cognitive abilities and emotional maturity allows us to design strategies that resonate deeply with each child’s specific circumstances.

Arti delved deep into exploring the intersection between child rights and restorative justice during her engaging presentation. She highlighted various ways through which stakeholders can collaborate effectively towards creating a needs-rights based restorative justice program specifically catered to children facing legal challenges.

By embracing this holistic approach, we have an opportunity not only to reform our criminal justice system but also to shape brighter futures for these young souls who deserve every chance at redemption and growth. The incorporation of child-friendly elements ensures that they are treated with dignity throughout their journey towards restoration – one where they are encouraged rather than condemned; supported instead of marginalized.