Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Philomena Mwilu has called out parents saying that the criminal justice system cannot and should not take the role of disciplining children.
According to the DCJ, children need direction, guidance, care and counseling from parents, families and communities.
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“The criminal justice system cannot and should not take on our role of disciplining children. Children who are truant need direction, guidance, care & counselling from parents, families and communities, they are not to be brought into the justice system for ‘discipline’.” she said
Speaking while presiding over the launch of the National Children Service Month at Mavoko, Machakos County, Mwilu said that the Children Act 2022 provides the necessary policy and framework on how to protect children.
“The child-centred justice approach under STAJ, coupled with the strengthened legislative framework under the Children Act 2022, provide the necessary policy and regulatory framework from which significant gains can be made in protecting our children.
I am full of love and hope for our children; your purity of heart and boundless potential fuel our dreams for a better tomorrow.” she said