National Plan To Tackle Violence Against Children

The National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response for Children and Violence has launched. This follows Tuesday’s special sitting of Parliament where children addressed parliament calling for leaders to treat their issues as priority. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and several other agencies joined together to announce the expected outcomes of the plan of action.

It has been several months since cabinet approved the strategy as an integrated response for children and violence, a part of Jamaica’s commitment to end violence against children. With 46 children being murdered in 2018 and 7 out of 10 children under 15 years old subjected to corporal punishment, child protection agencies are doing more to safeguard the nation’s youth.

Adding to this, Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green says this is an indication that Jamaica is serious about protecting children.

The plan involves collaboration between several government ministries, agencies and departments. The objective of the NPACV is to reduce the impact of violence against children through an integrated approach to prevention, control, intervention responses, monitoring and evaluation.

KHADIJAH THOMAS