Jamaica gets first Children's Advocate
Protecting the rights and best interests of the children of Jamaica will be the main responsibility of the newly appointed Children's Advocate Mary Clarke. The appointment of a Children's Advocate is mandated under the provisions of the Child Care and Protection Act, 2004.
Mrs. Clarke was appointed in January 2006 following an exhaustive series of interviews by an Inter-sectoral Committee convened to spearhead the establishment of the Office of the Children's Advocate. The views of a wide cross selection of children were taken into consideration in the final selection of the candidate for the post. Before taking up her appointment, Mrs. Clarke was Director of the Social Development and Gender Unit at the Planning Institute of Jamaica. As part of her portfolio at the PIOJ, she was responsible for children's issues and represented the agency on several committees and meetings on children's issues and provided technical advice in the drafting of the Child Care and Protection Act.
a. Reviewing laws, policies, practices and government services affecting children