The Justice and Community Services Sector Strategy 2014-20017 (JCSSS) contains 8 strategies that the justice and community services sector has agreed to progress to address the cross-cutting issues faced by the sector. Two of the strategies are Juvenile justice (strategy 2) and Victim support (strategy 3).

In September 2015, the Heads of Agency Group (HOAG) agreed on an Approved Way Forward for the JCSSS that summarised the status of each strategy and the approved next steps for how each sector strategy might be progressed. For both the Juvenile justice and Victim support strategies, it was agreed that support be provided to develop an agreed plan which could then be driven at the institutional level. Last year, the Stretem Rod Blong Jastis program supported the development of recommendations for both strategies, for the relevant sector agencies to implement. These are practical, realistic and each agency can achieve within its own mandate and resourcing.

On 6 October 2016, HOAG approved the Victim Support recommendations (pictured). On 13 March 2017, the Justice Sector Leadership Forum (JSLF, which formed out of HOAG) approved the Juvenile justice report titled ‘Where to from here? A report into the institutional status of juvenile justice in Vanuatu’ (pictured). Implementation of the recommendations will progress both the sector strategies as well as contribute to achievement of the National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) goals.

The responsibility to implement the recommendations rests with all of us – look up the recommendations here  and get involved in your agency to implement the recommendations. Reach out to Jocelyn Loughman This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Louise Nasak This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.
The Mauria Correctional Centre in Luganville was officially opened on 27 July.

This was a landmark day for the justice sector, as it is the first Correctional Centre built since colonial days. A large turnout of Ministers, community leaders, Government representatives and members of the public indicated the importance of the event.

'Mauria' means 'new life' in local language, recognising the rehabilitation focus of the Department of Correctional Services.

The Centre provides capacity for 85 detainees. It includes a new Operational Centre for Department officers, plus a visiting room which includes non-contact facilities. A building platform for another cell wing has also been constructed, allowing expansion of the Centre if required. The old Correctional Centre will continue to operate for low risk and female detainees and will become a base for delivery of rehabilitation activities.

All work on the Centre was undertaken by Vanuatu companies, from design to earthworks to construction and supervision. All tenders were awarded based on the outcome of competitive tenders.

This Centre was proudly built as a joint project between the Government of Vanuatu and the Government of New Zealand.
Justice sector officials wanting to inspect the new Centre can apply to Centre Manager North, Richard Bani This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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All too often we wonder how children or persons with profound irreversible disability can beat the odds and live healthy and long lives in their homes far from the nearest medical centres and the conveniences of a modern life.

This writer found out the secret on a team visit by the Disability Desk from the MJCS and its dedicated partners to three special children in three communities of North Efate on the 27th of April, 2017. Below are observations and accounts from this trip.

The first community visited was Samma Village where we were privileged to meet 12 year old Esther Tarip. Esther has a special case, she was born with Hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is excessive accumulation of fluid or water in the brain. In infancy, the most obvious indication of hydrocephalus is often a rapid increase in head circumference or an unusually large head size while the body remains under developed as in Esther's case. When the team arrived at her home we were welcomed by her mum, a beautiful young woman with a smile plastered across her face. We soon were to discover that Esther's entire life is dependent on the tender love and care provided by her mum. It was evident from observing her immediate surroundings and external environment that much care and thought is put into making her surroundings clean, healthy and comfortable. The young mother was emotional when she thanked the Team for the encouragements and support from previous visits from the Disability Desk and Partners that helped her to understand the importance of keeping her daughter's environment hygienically clean so that she can continue to live a healthy life despite her disability.  

July 24th every year is national children's day. This year July 24th 2017, saw parents, caregivers, teachers, Government Ministers. DGs and Directors, NGOs and members of the public join the children to celebrate the day. The day started with a parade from Fatumauri Bay to Saralana Park where the official program with many activities took place. There were booths set up by organizations to show case their work including fun games and quizzes for children.

The theme for that day was the Right of the Child to Safety and Protection at All times and At all Levels of the Society – Home, Community, Province and National, Children gave their speeches, asking parents and everyone to protect children at all levels.

The three Ministers who were present also gave speeches to encourage parents to ensure their children are safe and protected at all times - The Ministers of Justice and Community Services, Education and Internal Affairs

The Organizing Committee appreciated very much the support and participation of everyone.

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On Friday 25th November, during the opening of 16 Days of Activism, the Prime Minister launched our National Child Protection Policy. This was the first ever Child Protection policy in Vanuatu.

Child Desk of Ministry of Justice and Community Services led the development of the policy, with support from Stretem Rod Blong Jastis and Save the Children was developed together with stakeholders from government, NGOs, provincial and community leaders.

It provides a strategic framework to coordinate and strengthen the development of child protection systems in Vanuatu. The policy goal is to create an environment where children are safe and protected from all forms of abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence, and have equitable access to services to support their reintegration and recovery when needed.

During the program, we celebrated this achievement by painting a banner with the theme "Yumi Evriwan i Risponsibol blong Lukaotem Gud Pikinini". Donor partners were invited to demonstrate their commitment to child protection by putting their hand printed on the banner in coloured paint.
Children and members of the public were also invited to put their handprints on the banner, to create a colourful visual representation of our shared responsibility and pledge to protect children in Vanuatu.

The National Child Protection Policy includes a comprehensive 10 year implementation plan, which sets strategic priorities for strengthening child protection in Vanuatu. We look forward to working closely with all our partners to achieve these goals.
Stretem Rod Blong Jastis provides support for vocational study. To date we have had some inquiries, but we wanted to remind everyone about the process for taking advantage of this opportunity.

SRBJ have now developed a process where staff from the Justice and Community Services sector can make an application to secure funding for vocational study by completing and submitting an Individual Application for Part Time Vocational Study.

The application must be justified on the basis of clear links between the individual's training needs and the proposed vocational or professional education. The application also requires management endorsement.

Please note that the application must be received at least 2-4 weeks prior to the due date for enrollment fee payments. This date depends on the chosen course and institution so please check carefully. Note also that the institution will have its own admission procedures that you will need to fulfill.

Once an application is received by SRBJ, it will be assessed along with other applications as part of a competitive process and applicants will be advised promptly of the results.

Staff from across the Justice and Community Services sector can consider this opportunity, and investigate the range of vocational and professional education offerings from Vanuatu Institute of Technology, USP, APTC and others.

To assist you, please see the links below:

2) Courses offered by Vanuatu Institute of Technology:
3) Courses offered by Australia Pacific Technical College APTC:

We can also provide details of the following USP professional diplomas:

a. The Professional Diploma in Legal Practice click here
b. The Professional Diploma in Legislative Drafting click here

For any inquiries, copies of USP course information and to receive a copy of the Application Form please contact MJCS Capacity Development Coordinator, Louise Nasak
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