Amalan restoraktif dalam program perlindungan dan pemulihan remaja hamil luar nikah di Malaysia
Previous studies have proved that therapeutic rehabilitation is an effective intervention for reducing recidivism among delinquent children. The programme involves attempts to bring about behavioural changes by facilitating personal development through improved skills, social relationships, social perceptions, etc. This paper, however, focuses only on one of the main characteristics of the therapeutic rehabilitation which is the restorative programme. Ten pregnant teenagers who are currently enrolled in the rehabilitation and protection programme in the Garden of the Princess, Cheras (Taman Seri Puteri, Cheras) involved voluntarily in the study. To gain the primary data, the researcher performed series of in-depth interviews with the ten respondents. Using the interview protocol, the researchers assessing the implementation of the programme based on three main features of restorative practices; the inculcation of responsibility, facilitation of competence skill and the practice of communities reconciliation. The study found that the institution failed to implement the components of the effective restorative programme. The existing programme is generic in its characteristic; not specialised and not- peculiar to the needs of the pregnant teens. As the intervention to the problem, few suggestions are proposed for improving and enhancing the quality of existing programmes of the institution.
Keywords: restorative programme, rehabilitation, pregnant girls