New Rehabilitation Centre Opens

Horizons Rehabilitation Centre

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, 12th March 2013: The Federation’s Juvenile Justice System will receive a well needed thrust with the official opening of the New Horizons Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre on Wednesday 13th March. The Centre which is a central part of the ongoing Child Development Project illustrates the Government’s commitment to ensuring that rather than punish young persons who are in conflict with the law, that they receive every opportunity for rehabilitation and reintegration in the community as law abiding and productive citizens.

Following the opening of the centre, persons identified as staff will undergo intense training as they will be expected to ensure that each resident has an enabling environment which takes into consideration their physical, emotional and psychological needs. The staff at the centre will extend every effort to eliminating all adverse effects which make children delinquent through recognized approaches which adhere to human rights and our obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Residents of the centre, which will cater to both males and females, will be exposed to a holistic programme which will include academic and vocational education and counseling. Extensive work would be done with families of the residents and the community.

The facility as the name suggests, will provide new possibilities, hope and a renewed sense of purpose for residents and their families through its well crafted programme, dedicated staff and most importantly the willingness of the community to embrace the idea of second chances and contribute towards the reintegration and transformation process of the residents.

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