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The purpose of this consultancy is to conduct a comprehensive system-wide evaluation at national and subnational levels which will assess the existing structures and procedures established to provide care and protection for Jamaica’s children.
"A pilot foster care project will be undertaken over the next year as the [Jamaican] Government moves to place more children under State care in stable family settings," according to this article from the Jamaica Observer.
Prepared for the Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit, held in Stockholm, Sweden, on 14-15 February 2018, this report tracks progress towards prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries.
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.
From February 12 to February 18, 2017 Jamaica observes National Foster Care Regnition Week.
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.
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).