National Plan of Action for an Integrated Response to Children and Violence (NPACV)

An alarming number of Jamaica’s children find themselves in various situations of abuse, neglect,exploitation and violence. While data still remain inadequate, there are enough studies and reports from government agencies, civil society and international development partners to indicate that the number of children in need of special protection has grown over the last few years.

In 2016, data from the police revealed that 8% of the victims of selected major crimes were children and approximately 60% of these young victims were girls.

Preliminary figures for 2015 from the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) show an overall increaseof 19% over 2014 in all forms of reported child abuse. In 2015, the highest number of reports received bythe OCR was for children being neglected followed by reports of children in need of care and protection.Reports of sexual abuse and of children exhibiting behavioural problems also featured prominently.

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