Legal Training with YBGK Lawyers
VoC conducted its 5th legal training of lawyers on The Child and Youth Justice System in Malaysia on May 23rd and 24th in Selangor. Once again Dr. Farah Nini Dusuki facilitated the very interactive participants who engaged in very enriching discussions on child justice. VoC collaborated with Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan who mobilized participants who were a part of their organization.
The training covered several modules including an Introduction to the Juvenile Justice System, International Instruments Relevant to the Juvenile Justice Administration, Introduction to Diversion and Restorative Justice, Arrest and Investigation, Pre Trial Disposal and Court Proceedings and Sentencing.
The participant’s enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and share their experiences of handling juvenile justice cases enriched the discussions that were shared during the training. The role-play activities challenged participants to think of creative ways to deal with situations involving children who have committed offences.
On the whole, the participants found that the training provided them with the opportunity to view and understand child offenders from a more child-centered approach and the steps that need to be taken to create a child-centered juvenile justice system.
Below are excerpts of testimonials from 5 participants.
“This 2-day workshop is an eye opener for me. Especially with regards to the child’s brain development, particularly on the maturity of the frontal lobe of the child’s brain, which only mature at around the age of early 20s. This not only explains why I felt/did what I felt/did when I was a teenager, it also helps me to understand the teenagers nowadays and most importantly, my kids. The lesson I learnt during the workshop will benefit me for the rest of my life. Thanks a lot!” – Angel Lee
“Thanks to Dr. Farah and the organisers. I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to participate in the two-day workshop. I appreciate the information shared, especially on the new concepts I learned on child neurology and diversion. Another thing I learned from Dr. Farah is that “everyone deserves a second chance”. I believe these are the main principles to fall on when one is talking about justice for children or children’s right.” – Joycelyn Lai
“In the last two days of training, the thing that I have enjoyed the most about the learning is its flexibility and of course, a lot of interactive in between. I am able to learn from Dr. Farah and other classmates about their experiences. This course is very educative, practical and well taught. I really appreciate how everyone put so much emphasis on the subject.” – Tan Khai Seong
“The workshop on the 23-24/5/2015 was excellently executed. The facilitator, Dr Farah Nini Dusuki, is very passionate and has a strong desire to assist the child in Malaysia and it was an eye opener for me. I have learnt a lot and now I have a better insight of what is the current situation on the protection of the child and their rights in Malaysia and in other countries in the world. With this comparison it is hoped that our legislation could be amended to better protect the child in Malaysia.
On a practical note, after attending this workshop, I am better equipped to defend the child in the court for children. With the invaluable knowledge imparted by the facilitator, I feel the urge and motivation to further defend the child in our court for children and I fully recommend all interested parties to attend such workshops in the near future. You will never regret it!!” – Lee Teong Hooi
“It was a weekend well spent. It enriched and opened new avenues in pursuit of justice for youth and juvenile in this country. It ended with a note that the path is not all smooth sailing ahead. Kudos to Dr Farah, the VOC staff and the organisers. By the way, lunch was nice!” – Ahmad Kamal bin Yeop Kamaruddin