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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

recognition of the national significance of their remit and ensuring that all Ministers are seized of the relevance and importance of the policy implications to their Ministries.

In the Belizean model, the national policy is being formulated in a coherent and coordinated manner. This will ensure that all aspects of child labour, including legislation, education, labour market policies, social security, health, welfare and social development are properly addressed and coordinated.

It is important that child labour policy must provide the framework within which all institutions approach their individual and collective tasks of seeking to abolish child labour. It should also facilitate an integrated and coordinated approach by all agencies in the implementation of their work programmes. Each agency will identify the connection of their work with the work of other agencies. Moreover, a policy framework will also serve to guide the administration of the laws on child labour.

It is submitted that a national policy on child labour should be specific to the socio- economic conditions of Barbados and contain the following elements:

  • a definition of national objectives regarding child labour;

  • a connection between these policy objectives and overall policies on families and children and national development policy;

  • the national social, economic and legal background;

  • a description of the nature, extent of and context, including causes, of the problem;

  • information gathering and information sharing;

  • identification of priority target groups;

  • assessing hazardous work;

  • resource capacity required;

  • description of the main programme areas and types of interventions, including strategies required for the prevention, removal and reintegration of children engaged in child labour activities with indicator, goals and budgetary allocations;

  • identification of short-term, medium-term and long-term action plans;

  • designation of the institutional actors, their roles and functions;

  • role of tripartite consultations and social dialogue;

  • role of broader community consultation;

  • legal framework to eliminate child labour and provide redress for child victims;

  • the administrative framework for ensuring the effective and coordinated implementation;

  • education and advocacy;

  • training of child labour inspectors

  • enforcement principles;

  • effective review and monitoring mechanisms;

  • regional and international cooperation.

The following steps are recommended in adopting a national policy:


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