Ministry of Labour Human Services and Social Security
The Ministry of Labour Human Services and Social Security (MLHSSS) has primary responsibility for the protection of women and children and families. This ministry played a key role in the drafting of the package of Children’s Bills and is currently working to develop minimum standards for residential institutions as well as legislation on foster care. The Ministry hosts an annual Child Protection Week Event as part of its Growing Up ithout Violence Campaign. In 2004, the Ministry published a Voices of Children Survey that addressed Children’s experiences with Violence. (See Voices of Children Survey). The survey resulted in the establishment of the Child Protection and Monitoring Information System (CPMIS) which is a database that monitors the incidence of abuse against children, This database is designed to empower the Ministry in the use of Evidence based Approaches in planning and decision making and practice interventions.
For more information please visit the MLHSSS website at http://mlhsss.gov.gy/
The Rights of the Child Commission
National Commission on the Rights of the Child (NCRC) was established in 1992 and later rebranded The Rights of the Child Commission (RCC). The role played by this agency is advocacy and the raising of awareness. UNICEF has supported RCC in the implementation of the Birth Registration Campaign as well as the coordination of initiatives to raise awareness on child rights. Additionally there are six regional committees on the rights of the child. These committees are constantly being served as monitoring bodies and advocates on child rights.
Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport
The Ministry of Culture Youth and Sport has the mandate for managing the detention facility for children who get into conflict with the law. Thus this Ministry is currently working on revising the current legislation consistent with international guidelines to ensure justice and protection for children in conflict with the law. Some provisions which the Minsitry has been working consistently on is the provision of legal aid and establishment of Alternative Dispute Resolution Centres for Children. A toll free Child and Adolescent Helpline is also being established so that children can have access to a counselling service based on their needs.
Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education is mandated to eliminate illiteracy, modernise education and strengthen tolerance in Guyana. With the aim of free formal education for all, the Ministry is making every effort in ensuring comprehensive programmes are in place to achieve its mandate. These include making all schools child friendly, ensuring healthy and safe environments, introduction of health and family life education, early detection of children with special needs and in some cases multi-grade or group teaching.
For more information visit http://www.education.gov.gy/web/
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health is mandated to improve the physical, social and mental health status of all Guyanese by ensuring that health services are as accessible, acceptable, affordable, timely and appropriate as possible given available resources and to enhance the effectiveness of health personnel through continuing education, training and management systems. UNICEF has partnered with the Ministry of Health mainly in the areas of Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Adolescent Health and Development and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT).
Full details can be found at http://www.health.gov.gy/MOH/