During a study visit to Canada in September, Mr. Veerayuth Sukcharoen and Dr. Kattiya Ratanadilok, the Director General and the Head of Research and Development of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the Thai Ministry of Justice (DJOP) respectively, carried out an informal meeting in Ontario with Ms. Dale Elliott, Manager of the Youth Justice Strategic Policy and Planning Unit, Youth Justice Services Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services of the Ontario Government.
This was an opportunity for these members of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice (APCJJ) and the North American Council for Juvenile Justice (NACJJ) to exchange knowledge about their juvenile justice systems and share ways to support youth-centred approaches to improve outcomes of youth in these systems.
In particular, they looked at ways to divert youth from formal court proceedings, alternatives to custody, successfully transitioning youth out of custody and how to measure/report on programs and services. Following their fruitful meeting, from the Canadian side Ms. Elliott has shared with the Thai representatives further documents and tools about research, effective programs and measuring outcomes, developed through transformation of youth justice services in Ontario. This transformation has resulted in a shift from a custody focus to develop a service delivery model that includes prevention, diversion and other programs and supports at the front end of the system. From the Thai side, Mr. Veerayuth Sukcharoen and Dr. Kattiya Ratanadilok have presented a number of pilots and approaches underway.
The three participants have been very involved in their respective Councils’ work. Dr. Kattiya Ratanadilok has contributed to the development of the Asia-Pacific Council for Juvenile Justice since its foundation, in 2012, and her Department hosted last May in Phuket (Thailand) the Second Meeting of the APCJJ, in which Mr. Veerayuth Sukcharoen played also an important part as Director General of the DJOP.
Ms. Dale Elliott is currently collaborating with the IJJO for the organisation of the Second Meeting of the NACJJ, which will be held next month in Ontario. She also participated in the First NACJJ Meeting, held last December in Washington DC.