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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

This study also benefited from the information and insights provided by officials of the Government of Barbados and stakeholders in interviews on issues relating to the law, policy, programmes, monitoring and enforcement of measures to eliminate and prevent c h i l d l a b o u r . I n t h i s r e g a r d , d i s c u s s i o n s w e r e h e l d w i t h o f f i c i a l s f r o m : Ministry of Labour and Social Security; Ministry of Education; Probation Department; Child Care Board; Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC); Confederation of Trade Unions and Staff Associations of Barbados.

In addition, discussions were held with an expert on child labour law at the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies. These interviews provided the author with a broad perspective on the functioning and enforcement of the current laws and their socio- economic context. The author noted the general uniformity of views by officials on matters relating to child labour in Barbados. This contrasts markedly with the author’s experience in some other Caribbean countries.

The attached questionnaire served as the basis for discussion on child labour issues relating to policy, legislation, programmes, administration and enforcement.

The laws reviewed were:

  • The Constitution of Barbados;

  • Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act;

  • Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Act of 2001;

  • The Recruiting of Workers Act;

  • Occupational Training Act;

  • Factories Act;

  • Education Act;

  • Offences Against the Persons Act;

  • The Sexual Offences Act;

  • The Protection of Children Act;

  • Juvenile Offenders Act;

  • The Defence Act;

  • The National Council on Substance Abuse Act;

  • Drug Abuse (Prevention and Control) Act;

  • Liquor Licences Act;

  • Child Care Protection Act;

  • The Labour Department Act.

The conclusions identified some good practices in Barbados, which could be relevant and useful for other Caribbean countries. Similarly, the recommendations took into consideration some good practices identified in the review of child labour laws of the other Caribbean countries, which were included in this project.


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