Care At The Core of Humanity (CATCH)

CATCH is a Legal Aid service provider registered as a private voluntary organization that has been functional for 10 years, our focus has been and will continue to be ensuring that children rights are protected and the rights of children in contact with the law are respected and promoted. Our work over the years in the community have revealed that children are the most vulnerable group and there is still a lot of work to be done to reduce their vulnerability. In Zimbabwe, there are children that need rehabilitation due to the diverse forms of abuse they would have suffered. One of the major gaps is the limited availability of services in comparison to the high demand for services. As CATCH our aim is to provide accessible services to children and link them with other specialized service providers.

OUR VISION

The face of children's rights in Zimbabwe.

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OUR MISSION

To offer awareness and support on children's access to justice children in Zimbabwe.

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OUR FOCUS

Children's rights and social justice through:
1. Promotion of access to justice for children
2. Rehabilitation of children in contact with the law
3. Lobbying, research and advocacy
4. Raising awareness on children's rights

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HOW WE FUNCTION ?

CATCH established a dedicated service to provide Legal Aid to children in contact with the law. CATCH legal officers and social workers scout for children from police stations, courts, detention facilities, communities and walk ins. A CATCH officer makes contact with the child as soon as possible and no more than 24 hours after receiving a referral. For children in conflict with the law, services provided include assistance with bail applications, development of a case plan in conjunction with key child protection actors using the case management model, negotiation of diversion from the criminal justice system and, if necessary, referral to a lawyer. For survivors of gender based violence services include but not limited to court accompaniment, assistance with applying for protection orders and maintenance among others.

OUR MANDATE

Our mandate is to ensure that all legal modalities and services required by each individual child in contact with the law are met in a safe and enabling environment which empowers children to claim their rights, whereas on the other hand monitoring the obligations of duty bearers.