Child Protection



Keep Children Safe

The nation is concerned about the care and welfare of our children. Rape. Murder. Abuse and exploitation. The alarming barrage dominates traditional news, social media and countless conversations in homes, offices and schools. Among some quarters, there is a deep sense of futility – the child care and protection systems are inadequate, the government is inefficient, parents are incapable. Among others, there is apathy.

There are expressions of outrage when children are subjected to unspeakable violations of their rights. Yet, outrage tends to be short-lived, until it emerges with another incident. Safety and justice for children – and in particular the alarming issue of violence against children – is a matter of national importance that warrants more conversation and more action, not only when incidents make the news.

Keep Children Safe: A National Conversation on Violence against Children

The lead-up to Child Month (May) provides a unique opportunity to focus attention on the issue of safety and justice for children – pointing to challenges and possible solutions, highlighting promising or successful models or interventions that seek to reduce or mitigate the impact of violence, and calling both the government and citizens to action.

UNICEF is collaborating with the Office of the Children’s Advocate, Do Good Jamaica, the Gleaner, Television Jamaica and the Jamaica News Network to implement the “Keep Children Safe” initiative in April-May. “Keep Children Safe: A National Conversation on Violence against Children – Exploring Challenges. Sharing Solutions” is a multi-platform initiative designed to generate discussions by engaging key decision-makers, parents/caregivers and the public.

The initiative is centered on a series of public fora to be staged in April. Short human interest videos, produced by accomplished film Directors, will be shown at each forum and shared online. Each week, the partners will also encourage persons to join the conversation online, via the hashtag #KeepChildrenSafe.

The Keep Children Safe initiative will culminate in Child Month with a special event focused on empowerment of children.  

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