Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Jamaica Government is taking stringent actions geared towards protecting the nation’s children.

Speaking via video link on Sunday at the 2nd Regional Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), at Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James, the prime minister noted that key pieces of legislation are being strengthened.

“Work continues at the level of the legislature on four key pieces of legislation to be amended… the Child Care and Protection Act, the Sexual Offences Act, the Offences Against the Person Act and the Domestic Violence Act.

“My passion is well known, and I can assure you that our Government will continue to make priority actions geared at protecting our children in meaningful ways,” he told the regional and international children’s advocates.

According to the Jamaica Observer, Holness also signalled his Government’s intention to keep international commitments to protect children, by providing “comprehensive, coordinated and multisectoral services for preventing and responding to violence”.

The prime minister told the conference that a National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV) is in full force.

ISPCAN is the world’s premier society for professionals working to prevent child abuse and child neglect. The conference, which ends tomorrow is being held under the theme ‘Child Protection Realities within a Changing Caribbean and World’.



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