IPJJ - Interagency Panel on Juvenile Justice

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Diversion

Diversion means channelling children in conflict with the law away from judicial proceedings through the development and implementation of procedures or programmes that enable to avoid the potential negative effects of formal judicial proceedings, provided that human rights and legal safeguards are fully respected. A child is diverted when he or she is in conflict with the law but has their case resolved through alternatives. Diversion may involve measures based on the principles of restorative justice.