A study conducted in two residential care facilities in Jamaica found that one in every three youth in care tested positive for at least one sexually transmitted infection (STI), but laws restrict reproductive health education and enabling access to contraception for young people.
In a recent debate, Jamaica's Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid addressed the number of children living in alternative care in the country: in September 2016, 57 percent of children in care lived in various family-based care settings, while the remaining 43 percent (1,998 children) lived in residential care.
The Social and Health Management software (SOHEMA) Child Case Management System (CCMS), a new software system in Jamaica, will allow child protection officers to upload and track cases of children in the child protection system.
Este informe, presenta los resultados de ese estudio, examina las condiciones en que se encuentran los niños y los adolescentes con discapacidad en relación con el ejercicio de sus derechos, y propone algunas líneas de acción estratégica para mejorar las políticas y las prácticas en dirección a la garantía y la restitución del derecho de todos los niños, las niñas y los adolescentes a crecer en un ámbito familiar y comunitario, y sin discriminación.
Priya Anaokar, Kathi-Ann Thomas, Joan Thomas, Ceceile Minott, Marva Campbell and Julie Meeks Gardner - Global Perspectives1 Jan 2016
This chapter from the book Global Perspectives discusses the challenges young people in Jamaica face as they age out of care. The researchers review three Jamaican studies, which highlight challenges for young people, service providers and policy makers. The reviews found that while there are state mechanisms in place, more needs to be done to ensure these mechanisms are followed.
This country care review includes the care-related Concluding Observations adopted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of its examination of the consolidated third and fourth periodic reports of Jamaica (CRC/C/JAM/3-4).
Mary Daly, Rachel Bray, Zlata Bruckauf, Jasmina Byrne, Alice Margaria, Ninoslava Pecnik, Maureen Samms-Vaughan 1 Jan 2015
This report examines and analyses policies and provision for family support and parenting support based on general literature searches and evidence gathered from 33 UNICEF national offices and detailed case studies of nine countries.
Findings of a study aimed to determine the effectiveness and the efficiency of the Foster Care Programme, assess the treatment of children in Foster Care, assess the adherence to child rights in the provision of Foster Care, provide policy direction for the enhancement of the Programme.