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Child Rights Initiative in Jamaica

  • ROLE: To assist a Children’s Officer and raise awareness for children’s rights
  • TYPES OF PLACEMENT: Child Development Agency
  • REQUIREMENTS: Volunteers must have completed at least one year of university studies
  • ACCOMMODATION: Host family
  • LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: From 1 week
  • START DATES: Flexible

Projects Abroad Jamaica volunteer chats to a local colleague at her placement, the Child Development Agency

The Child Rights Initiative (CRI) is a Care project which focuses on the Protection Rights category of children’s rights based on UNICEF’s Convention of the Rights of the Child. CRI directly addresses the social needs of children in Jamaica while utilizing the skills of volunteers in related fields.

Volunteers who are studying or who have experience in social work, psychology, sociology, family life education, guidance, and counselling are particularly suited to this project. To participate in this project, volunteers must have completed at least one year at university.

Volunteering on the Child Rights Initiative with Projects Abroad

Protection Rights involves protecting the child from all harm and danger including physical, sexual, emotional, and psychological abuse, child labour, violence, and all forms of exploitation. The organization with primary responsibility for this area is the Child Development Agency (CDA).

The CDA is the result of a merger between Children Services Division, the Adoption Board, and the Child Support Unit. The CDA is responsible for arranging adoptions, foster care, counselling, family support, family reintegration, and case management.

The CDA aims to safeguard children from becoming at risk through advocacy of child rights and the development of public awareness of children’s issues.

Volunteers work alongside a Children’s Officer assisting with collecting and documenting information from new clients and receiving reports of possible child abuse, neglect and abandonment. Volunteers may also assist with investigative field work, counselling, case planning and case management.

Other tasks can include making court appearances with the Children's Officer on the behalf of children, preparing reports, and helping with other general administrative and clerical duties associated with the Children's Officer’s responsibilities.

This project is available for less than a month if you don't have time to join us for a month or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for shorter durations for both the host community and the volunteer. Although you will gain valuable cultural insight and work intensely within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone participating for a longer period.

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