Child protection and juvenile justice legislation under review

By MyVue News.com Staff Reporter

Minister of Social Development and Gender Affairs in St. Kitts & Nevis, Dr. Geoffrey Hanley, has recently expressed the view that there is a need for an urgent review of legislation that covers child protection and juvenile justice.

Hanley said the government’s efforts are designed to greatly improve the system’s efficiency and effectiveness.

He said this became apparent after meeting with the ministry’s leadership on August 17, 2022.

“Children, that’s our priority right now and we have a responsibility to make sure that they are protected,” the Deputy Prime Minister said, minutes after the opening of the stakeholder review on Tuesday (September 06, 2022).

“We want to do everything on a fair level and there were some inconsistencies over the years. We thought that it would be important for us, especially as a new administration, to get things right,” added Hanley.

UNICEF is providing support for the review process. Officials from the U.N. organization are participating virtually in the sessions. Additionally, the international organization has agreed to fund a consultancy to assist with the follow-up steps.

Top officials have been reviewing the current system, at a 2-day workshop that is receiving technical support from UNICEF.

Officials from the U.N. organization are participating virtually in the sessions, scheduled for 6th-7th September, 2022.

Additionally, the international organization has agreed to fund a consultancy to assist with the follow-up steps.

The stakeholders are focusing on the functions of the Probation and Child Welfare Board in the context of their principal legislation – the Probation and Child Welfare Board Act and the complementary legislation – Child Justice and Child (Care and Adoption).

The review is facilitated by Rohan Walters, Crown Counsel, and Legal Advisor to the Probation and Child Welfare Board.

The workshop is being held in the Early Childhood Development Conference Room.
 

Photo: Dr. Gepffrey Hanley, Minister of Education. Photo courtesy EMU

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