The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs with support from UNICEF has tasked the Danish Institute for Human Rights working in partnership with Justice for Children Trust to carry out a “Justice for Children Sector Analysis”. Justice for children means ensuring that all children who come into contact with the justice system are served and protected by such system through the application of international and national standards. Children must have redress in criminal and civil matters using the justice system. The study investigates the justice system providing a general analysis of the same as well as focusing on juvenile justice, custody, inheritance and the victim friendly initiative. This report will highlight the methodology and the findings from the Rusape and Harare field researches. The specific objectives of the justice for children sector analysis are to:  Undertake an assessment of the situation of children who access the justice system;  Provide a description of the current structure of the system and its regulatory frameworks;  Undertake an analysis of the capacity of the system to deliver rights-based justice for children;  Identify opportunities for further strengthening the system; and  Provide recommendations for future action. 2. METHODOLOGY The analysis included interviews and focus group discussions with government officials including Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs, Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Judicial Services Commission, Legal Aid Directorate and the non governmental organisations such as Child Line, Simukai, Family Support Trust, ZACRO and ICRC, members of the community who included children and a traditional leader. One hundred and thirty six (136) respondents were interviewed from Harare and Rusape interviews. Thirty one (31) people were interviewed in Rusape while three (3) focus group discussions were held with a thirty three (33) participants. Thirty three (33) adults were interviewed in Harare. Twenty six (26) children who have gone through the justice delivery system who are serving at Hwahwa Young Offenders Prison were interviewed through a focus group discussion and thirteen (13) children either serving or on remand were also interviewed individually from 2

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