Why a World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse?
Together, let us create a culture of prevention
Child abuse, especially sexual abuse, is a universal and alarming problem and increased attention and efficient protection skills and prevention
measures are necessary at family-, local-, national- and international level.
After a long tradition of silence, sexual child abuse is being more and more denounced and becoming a public and political topic.
Alerting Governments and civil society organizations to play a more active role in the promotion of and respect for the rights of the child (article 19 and 34* of the Convention on the Rights of the Child), and contribute to the prevention of child abuse, WWSF launched in 2000 the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse, a Day to be commemorated every 19 November in synergy with the anniversary of the International Day for the rights of the child (20 November) which has as its objective to be a rallying point around the issue of child abuse and the need for urgent effective prevention programs.
To make the Day a global call for action, WWSF launched in 2001 an international NGO coalition that marks the World Day with appropriate events and activities to focus on and increase prevention education.
Art. 19 - States Parties shall take all appropriate legislative, administrative, social and educational measures to protect the child from all forms of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect or negligent treatment, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse, while in the care of parent(s), legal guardian(s) or any other person who has the care of the child.
ART. 34 - States Parties undertake to protect the child from all forms of sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. For these purposes, States
Parties shall in particular take all appropriate national, bilateral and multilateral measures to prevent:
(a) the inducement or coercion of a child to engage in any unlawful sexual activity;
(b) the exploitative use of children in prostitution or other unlawful sexual practices;
(c) the exploitative use of children in pornographic performances and materials.
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Baseline Survey: Knowledge, Attitude & Practices Regarding Child Maltreatment in Jamaica
The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), in collaboration with UNICEF, commissioned this baseline survey to explore the currently held views, opinions, knowledge levels, attitudes, behaviours and practice relating to child abuse and child abuse reporting in Jamaica. The OCR, which was established in 2007, closely collaborates with three other agencies specifically dedicated to the welfare of children, which are the Child Development Agency (CDA), The Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) and the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), and provides them with information on reported cases of child maltreatment. OCR also collaborates with the Victim Support Unit of the Ministry of Justice.
The baseline survey will be used to inform the development of the OCR’s communication strategy which will determine action to influence current attitudes towards, and encourage higher levels of reporting of child abuse and increase levels of awareness of the role and functions of the entity. The communication strategy will include a public education campaign aimed at increasing levels of awareness of the role of the entity. In the final analysis, the survey will be the baseline for a post awareness evaluation survey, which will follow. It is hoped that through this public awareness campaign, persons will become more acutely aware of child abuse issues, resulting in a reduction of the incidence abuse. It is also anticipated that this will encourage greater reporting of such instances in order for more effective management of the planned interventions of the OCR and its related bodies, the CISOCA, OCA and the CDA.
Market Research Services Ltd. (MRSL) was the company commissioned to conduct the baseline survey. This document represents MRSL’s report of the findings of the baseline study.
To view the results of the survey, click here
Ananda Alert System is Jamaica's Child Recovery Strategy which was modeled off the Amber Alert System in the United States of America (USA). According to the Ananda Alert Policy document (2008): "there has been a steady spate of child abductions that ultimately led to murder." The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), reports that between January 1 and September 30, 2008, 737 children were reported missing (177 males and 560 females). 519 were returned, with over 200 still missing. Two murders have been confirmed, with one unconfirmed.
These horrendous occurrences culminated with the much publicized murder of Ananda Dean which triggered the Department of Local Government in the Office of the Prime Minister, in conjunction with the Association of Local Government Authorities of Jamaica (ALGAJ) - the representative body for the island's 14 Local Authorities, including the KSAC and the Portmore Municipal Council - to offer its support in the form of a partnership with law enforcement, through the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), in setting up an Amber Alert type system across the island."
This system, which replaces the Red Alert, was named after Ananda Dean, who was abducted and subsequently murdered, is aimed at mobilizing public and private sectors, civil society and communities to work with law enforcement to assist in the speedy and safe recovery of missing children.
Ananda Alert Secretariat was originally established in the Ministry of Local Government, however, since March 01, 2013 has been transferred to the Ministry of Youth and Culture and is being operated from the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR), an agency of the Ministry. The OCR has been able to forge alliances with the Constabulary Communication Network (CCN), Missing Person Call Centre (MPCC) and a few media houses in publicizing information on missing and recovered children.
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The Child Abuse Reporting System (CARS) application is designed to enable users to submit reports of suspected and actual cases of child abuse to the Office of the Children’s Registry. The application delivers data entered directly to the Registry, which is the institution established by the Child Care and Protection Act (2004) to receive reports about the abuse of Jamaican children.
This application does not in any way shape or form store, save or keep the information entered in a report.