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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

Institutional Arrangements

The Government of Barbados in its last report to the ILO on measures taken to implement ILO Conventions No. 138 and No. 182 have indicated that there were no known forms of child labour. This contrasts with the ILO Rapid Assessment Survey, which reported evidence of child labour. This points to the need to strengthen the monitoring of child labour in Barbados.

It is also recommended that consideration be given to amending the Labour Department Act to provide for a legal duty on the part of the Chief Labour Officer to have systemic reviews of the child labour situation in Barbados.

There is also the need for a Central Database on Child Labour. The laws relating to Juvenile Offenders and the Labour Department will have to be amended to provide for the disclosure and use of information on child labour to the central Database.

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