National Plan of Action targets zero cases of violence against children

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National Plan of Action targets zero cases of violence against children

Sunday, November 18, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — If the National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) is implemented, Jamaica should see the number of incidents of violence against children drastically reduced to zero per cent by 2030.

This is according to projected baseline targets outlined in the action plan, which is being coordinated by a Technical Working Group comprising of more than 15 government agencies, a release stated.

Dr Elizabeth Ward , chair of the Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) made the disclosure while presenting on the NPVAC at the 27th Annual Research Conference Workshop organised by the Faculty of Medical Sciences in collaboration with the VPA at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on November 8 -11 .

“Our aim in the plan is to reduce by 15 per cent the number of cases of violence against children reported in targeted communities,” she said, adding that the Jamaica Injury Surveillance System in hospitals (JISS) would be able to track some of these figures.

Giving a breakdown of the projections, Dr Ward said this would mean a reduction of cases by three per cent every year over the next 12 years.

“We have already signed on to the Sustainable Development Goals that says by 2030 we would have zero cases of child abuse. Wouldn't that be wonderful?” she asked.

She said that for this to be achieved, the NPACV has recommended the strengthening of policies, legal and regulatory framework to ensure the protection of children from all forms of violence and exploitation.

“These are laws that we are looking at that need to be updated and re-enacted such as the Child Care and Protection Act. Every year there is legislation that we are targeting that by the end of five years, these changes are implemented,” she explained.

The NPACV is currently being reviewed and is to be submitted to Cabinet and then tabled in Parliament.

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