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Reporting Form 
 
Download the Reporting form to make a report on child abuse
 
 
 
 
Search and Rescue Protocol for Missing Children  
Published: September 2014
 
The purpose of the Protocol is to assist personnel in state agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based and community groups involved in search and rescue of missing children,
to meet the objectives of Ananda Alert.
 
For more details, download the full document
 

 
Child Abuse Reporting System (CARS)
Released: 2012
 
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. click here to download.
 

 
Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA) 
Released: 2012
 
 
In May, 1991, Jamaica ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A decision was taken to enact legislation to combine and reinforce existing child protection legislation with new legislative provisions to protect children from abuse. This will enable Jamaica to fulfil its commitment to ensure that the principles of the Convention are fully incorporated in national legislation. This Bill seeks to give effect to that decision..
 

 

 

OCR Volunteer Form 

Released March 2014

 

Please note that all OCR Volunteers must be 18 years and over. All fields are required to be completed in block letters. Names of at least three (3) references excluding relatives and may include a Justice of the Peace, Minister of Religion or organisation you have been involved with must be submitted along with the completed entry form.

 

 

 

OCR Child Ambassadors Programme Entry Form 

 

Released: March 20, 2014

 

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Please note that all OCR Child Ambassadors must be between the ages of 10 to 16 years old. Use a black or blue ink pen and enter information in all fields. A letter of recommendation/reference from your school/church group or charitable organisation you have been involved with as well as a certified copy of the applicant’s birth certificate must be submitted along with the completed entry form.

 

 

 

 


OTHER ACTS AND REGULATIONS

 

 

 

Framework Convention For Tobacco Control - WHO 

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The Child Pornography Act, 2009  

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The Sexual Offences Act, 2009 

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The Trafficking in Persons (Amendment) Act, 2013 

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UN Convention on the Rights of a Child 

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UN Convention on the Rights of a Child ~ Child friendly language version 

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Children and Armed Conflict International Standards or Action  

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Fact Sheet: Summary of the rights under the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC)  

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Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 3, No. 2; January to December 2014 (Preliminary Data) 
Published: December 2015
 
Preliminary data shows that for the period, January to December 2014, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received eleven thousand, seven hundred and forty nine (11,749) reports, representing an increase of 6.6% over the previous year. (Preliminary)
 

 



Statistics on Missing Children reported in Jamaica; January to March 2016 (Preliminary Data) 
Published: July 2016
 
Preliminary statistics sourced from the Missing Person Monitoring Unit (MPMU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), indicated that during the period of January to March 2016, four hundred and seventy six (476) children were reported missing.
 

 


 
Missing Children's Statistics 
Published: July 2016
 

 Missing Children Statistics - January - March 2016

  

 


 
Searchand Rescue Protocol for Missing Children  
Published: September 2014
 
The purpose of the Protocol is to assist personnel in state agencies, non-governmental organizations, faith-based and community groups involved in search and rescue of missing children,
to meet the objectives of Ananda Alert.
 
For more details, download the full document
 


 
Missing Children Statistics
Published: July 2015
 
 Missing Children Statistics by Sex (January-June 2015) (Preliminary)
 

 


 
 
Change in Missing Children's Statistics (Jan-Jun, 2015/2014)
Published: July 2015
 

 Missing Children Statistics - A comparison of Jan – Jun 2014 versus Jan – Jun 2015

  

 


 
 
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 2, No. 1; January to March 2013 (Preliminary data) 
Released: March 3, 2014
 
Preliminary data for the period January to March 2013 reveals that the Office of the Children’s Registry received 2852 reports, reflecting an increase of 43.5% over the corresponding 2012 period.
 
For more details, download the full report
 

 


 

 

Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 2, No. 2; January to June 2013 (Preliminary data) 
Released: April 07, 2014
 
 
Preliminary data for the period January to June 2013 reveals that the Office of the Children’s Registry received 6,206 reports, reflecting an increase of 37.9% over the corresponding period in 2012.
 
For more details, download the full report
 

 


 

 

Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 2, No. 3; January to September 2013 (Preliminary data) 
Released: June 03, 2014
 
For the period, January to September 2013, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received eight thousand five hundred and twenty seven (8,527) reports of child abuse, representing an increase of 32% over the same period in 2012.
 
 
For more details, download the full report
 

 
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 2, No. 4; January to December 2013 (Preliminary data)
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Released: September 03, 2014
 
For the period, January to December 2013, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received eleven thousand, and eighteen (11,018) reports, representing an increase of 26.0% over the previous year.
 
 
For more details, download the full report
 
 

 
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 3, No. 1; January to March 2014 (Preliminary data) NEWstats-jan-dec 2013
Released: December 24, 2014
 
Preliminary data for the period January to March 2014 revealed that the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received three thousand, one hundred and eleven (3111) reports, reflecting an increase of 9.0 per cent over the corresponding period in 2013.
 
For more details, download the full report
 
 

Missing Children Statistics 
Released: June 3, 2014
 
                                                                                
 
               
    
 
           
                                                                                       
 
 
 
 
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 1, No. 3; July to September 2012
 
For the quarter, July to September 2012, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received one thousand nine hundred and seventy nine (1,979) reports, representing a decline of 21% over the previous quarter, April to June 2012.
Of the reports received, one thousand six hundred and twenty six (1,626) represent children who were being reported for the first time. Of this amount, 57% were girls, 42% were boys, while the gender for the remaining 1% was not specified.
In the bulletin attached, you will find statistical information on the number of reports received by the OCR by period, gender, parish and type of report. The data show a comparison of the July to September and the April to June 2012 quarters. In this issue, you will also access data on children in police custody.
 

 

eZINE - OCR's News Letter ~ The Reporter 
Released: May 31, 2013
 
 
Get the latest stats, achievements and highlights in this edition of OCR's eZINE.
The Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) has embarked on a series of school tours aimed at increasing children's awareness about the OCR and reporting of child abuse and missing children. ...New stats reveal that every 30 minutes, the OCR receives a report about a child who is allegedly being abused, or in need of care and protection. Read about this and more in our ezine!
 

 

Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 1, No. 4; January to December 2012 
Released: July 8, 2013
 
 
For the period, January to December 2012, the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) received eight thousand seven hundred and forty-one (8,741) reports, representing an increase of 12% over the previous year.
 
For more details, download the full report
 

 
 
Quarterly Statistical Bulletin; Volume 1, No. 2; January to June 2012
Released: September 28, 2012
 
 
For the period January to June 2012, the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) received four thousand four hundred and ninety-nine (4,499) reports , representing an increase of 11.4% over the corresponding period in 2011.
Of the reports received over the period, three thousand seven hundred and seventy-three (3,773) represent children who were being reported for the first time. Of this amount, 59.3% were girls, 39.5% were boys, while the gender for the remaining 1.2% was not specified.
 

OCR Statistics Publication 2007-2011
Released: May, 2012
 
 
The main role of the Office of the Children's Registry is to receive reports of children who have been, are being or are likely to be abandoned, neglected, physically or sexually ill-treated, or are otherwise in need of care and protection. 
 
Undoubtedly, the availability of statistics on child abuse in Jamaica is important for guiding decisions pertaining to the protection of the nation’s children. Hence the current document, the first of its kind in Jamaica, seeks to provide a synopsis of child abuse in Jamaica, as garnered from reports that were submitted to the OCR.
 

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