Child Rights Initiative Volunteer Projects in Jamaica
The Child Rights Initiative (CRI) is a Care project, which focuses on the Protection Rights category of children’s rights based on UNICEF’s Convention of the Rights of the Child. CRI directly addresses the social needs of children in Jamaica as well as utilising the skills of volunteers in related fields.
Volunteers who are studying or who have experience in social work, psychology, sociology, family life education, guidance and counselling are particularly suited to this project. Volunteers must have completed at least their first year at university.
Protection Rights involves protecting the child from all harm and danger including physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse, child labour, violence and all forms of exploitation. The organisation with primary responsibility for this area is the Child Development Agency (CDA).
The CDA is the result of a merger between Children Services Division, the Adoption Board and the Child Support Unit. The CDA is responsible for arranging adoptions, foster care, counselling, family support, family reintegration and case management.
The CDA aims to safeguard children from becoming at risk through advocacy of child rights and the development of public awareness of children issues.
Volunteers work alongside a Children’s Officer assisting with collecting and documenting information from new clients and receiving reports of possible child abuse, neglect and abandonment. Volunteers may also assist with investigative field work, counselling, case planning and case management.
Other tasks can include making court appearances with the Children's Officer on the behalf of children, preparing reports and helping with other general administrative and clerical duties associated with the Children's Officer’s responsibilities.
You can join the Child Rights Initiative project in Jamaica for one, two or three weeks if you don't have time to join us for four weeks or more. This project has been selected by our local colleagues as being suitable for short term volunteering for both the host community and the volunteer Although you will gain a valuable cultural insight and work within the local community please be aware that you may not be able to make the same impact as someone volunteering for a longer period.