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$18 Million for National Child Diversion Programme

The Government has budgeted $18 million for initiatives under the National Child Diversion Programme, which deals with children involved in conflicts with the law, outside of formal judicial proceedings. The funds have been set aside in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently being reviewed by the Standing Finance Committee of…

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Child Ambassador Encourages Others to Serve

As the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) invites primary and high school students to serve as Child Ambassadors for the period 2014 to 2016, to help in promoting the welfare of the country’s children, one such advocate is lauding the programme and encouraging others to get involved. For the…

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OCR Does Study Tour to Improve Service Delivery

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) recently concluded a study tour in Toronto, Canada, aimed at improving its service delivery in dealing with reports of missing and abused children. “Some benefits expected to be derived from the tour include developing protocols and strategies for dealing with missing children, and…

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Permanent Secretary Calls for More Focus on Children to Prevent Drug Abuse

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Carol Palmer, has called for increased sensitization of the effects caused by substance abuse, with particular focus on the children. Delivering the keynote address at a recognition ceremony for persons in the Drug Court Rehabilitation Programme, held at the Knutsford Court Hotel,…

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Ensure Children Are Fully Immunized – Dr. Ferguson

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, is reminding parents of their responsibility in ensuring that their children are immunized with exemptions only allowed for medical reasons. He said that under the 1986 Public Health Act, all children should be fully vaccinated by their first birthday and receive booster shots…

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OCR to Mount Missing Children Billboards

By the end of this month, electronic billboards located at various sections of the Corporate Area will bear the faces of children reported missing by the police. This was disclosed by the Registrar, Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) Greig Smith during a press briefing held at the Office of…

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