The Reintegration of Released Children and Youth into Egyptian Society 

Project Duration: 01/04/2009 - 31/10/2013

Total Budget: US$ 604,230

Donor: Drosos Foundation, Switzerland

Counterparts

Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs

Ministry of Interior

New Horizons Association for Social Development (NHASD) NGO

Target Groups

Children in detention three months prior to and after release
Families of released children
Civil society organizations (CSOs)

Outline and Objectives

To draw on the successes achieved in Phase I of the Juvenile Justice Programme inside closed institutions in terms of both the rehabilitation of children, and youth in conflict with the law, a second phase of the project is has been prepared.  The purpose of Phase II is to facilitate a better social reintegration of the children and youth once they leave the detention Institution. This is to be achieved by developing an overall life plan prior to the children's departure through the Preparation to Reintegration Programme, and facilitate the implementation of this plan through the Reintegration Programme.

The project will pilot the establishment of the necessary structures and services in the governorates of Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia for the out-of-prison children and youth in coordination with CSOs through:

  1. Implementing a specific program at the detention centre aimed at preparing the children and youth for their reintegration into society.
  2. Providing legal and psychological counseling as well as administrative and economic guidance/support to the released children and youth.
  3. Providing "economic reintegration programs" through NGOs to help the children and youth re-engage with the labor market.
  4. Creating a network of employers to help the children and youth re-engage with the labor market.

The overall objective of this project is to enhance the capacity of member states to apply international standards and norms on juvenile justice.

Key Achievements

  • Succeeded in introducing the NGO New Horizons Association for Social Development (NHASD) in order to prepare the children and youth for their reintegration into society.
  • NHASD personnel were trained to adopt international standards and norms in coordination with the Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Insurance and Social Affairs and NHASD management.
  • Elaborations of an NGO register by UNODC technical assistants in order to create the referral system progressively.
  • Network of employers created to help youth engage in the labor market
  • Production of sensitization material on the reintegration of released children and youth.
  • Held a large number of sensitization meetings and assessed outcomes of the meetings.
  • 542 children were enrolled in the Reintegration Programme inside and outside the institution.
  • 194 children benefited from the Preparation to Reintegration Programme.
  • 96 children were able to design a positive "life plan" prior to their release.
  • 106 children are currently in the process of implementing their "life plan".
  • 130 children benefited from administrative and legal assistance.
  • Ten children benefiting from educational assistance.
  • 4 personnel were trained at NHASD and 11 were trained from other NGOs under the project.
  • Around 148 children visited NHASD after their release and different NGOs that the project partnered with in other governorates.
  • 118 released children and youth currently have an income generation activity.
  • 43 children were able to create their own economic projects.
  • 75 released young men engaged in small businesses.
  • Families of two children benefited from educational support.
  • 19 children benefited from release services after the January 25 Revolution.
  • The follow up programme has been operating in 21 governorates.

To watch a brief documentary about the Juvenile Justice Project, please visit UNODC's YouTube Channel or  click here.

· Children in detention three months prior to and after release

· Families of released children

· Civil society organizations (CSOs)