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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

it shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally-

  • (a)

    employ, hire, use, persuade, entice or coerce a child or a young person to contravene any provision of this Act;

  • (b)

    employ, hire, use, persuade, induce, entice or coerce a child or young person to assist in avoiding detection or apprehension for any offence under this Act;

  • (c)

    receive a controlled drug from a child or young person in contravention of any provision of this Act. (All countries)

Measures to Prevent Child Labour

  • (i)

    Where a parent of a child or guardian or a person having custody of a child by willful default or neglect fails to exercise due care over such child or conduces to the offence of taking a child into employment contrary to this Act, is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both. (Trinidad and Tobago)

  • (ii)

    Education Act places a duty on School Attendance Officers to ensure that the parents are complying with their duty to secure education for their children. School Attendance Officers shall investigate the family circumstances and assist with counselling where necessary or make referrals to other social service agencies, which could facilitate the child’s return to school. (Barbados)

(iii)

The Minister of Education shall prohibit or restrict the employment of children under the age of sixteen years who are registered at a state-maintained school where the child’s employment is prejudicial to his health or otherwise renders him or her unfit to obtain the full benefit of an education. (Bahamas)

Enforcement

  • (i)

    The labour inspectors have the power to enter, inspect and examine at all reasonable times, by day and night, any premises or place liable to inspection, when he has reasonable cause to believe to be liable to inspection. He may require the employer to provide documents and information to show that all laws are complied with. (All countries)

  • (ii)

    Where, on information of a member of the Police Force, the Port Manager or the Chief Labour Officer, it appears to any Justice of the Peace that there is reasonable cause to believe that a child is employed in any place contrary to the Act, such Justice of the Peace may authorize any member of the Police Force to enter that place at any reasonable time within forty-eight hours and examine such place and any person therein concerning the employment of any child therein. Any person who assaults, obstructs or intimidates, uses indecent, abusive or insulting language; interferes with, hinders or refuses to admit; or by any gratuity,

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