ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS
1 Short title
3 Establishment of National Parenting Support Commission
4 Functions of Commission
5 Appointment of Executive Director and other officers and employees
6 Functions of Executive Director
7 Ministerial directions
8 Funds and resources of the Commission
9 Borrowing powers
10 Power to invest moneys
11 Accounts and audit
12 Annual reports and estimates
THE NATIONAL PARENTING SUPPORT COMMISSION ACT
[Date of Commencement: 14th, November 2012]
Act 7of 2012.
This Act may be cited as the National Parenting Support Commission Act.
(1) In this Actâ€”
â€œchildâ€ means a person under the age of eighteen years;
â€œCommissionâ€ means the National Parenting Support Commission established by section 3;
â€œfunctionsâ€ includes powers and duties;
â€œNational Parenting Support Policyâ€ means the policy set out in the Government policy paper with respect thereto, as updated from time to time, and tabled in the Houses of Parliament;
â€œparentâ€ includes the birth parent, putative, foster or adoptive parent, or legal guardian or other person having care or custody of a child.
(2) For the purposes of this Act, references to plans and programmes concerning parenting and parenting support include plans and programmes facilitating positive relationships between home and school.
(1) There is hereby established a body to be called the National Parenting Support Commission, which shall be a body corporate to which section 28 of the Interpretation Act applies.
(2) The provisions of the Schedule shall have effect as to the constitution and procedure of the Commission and otherwise in relation thereto.
(1) The Commission shall perform the following functions-
(a) advise the Minister on policy matters relating to parenting and family matters in Jamaica, including initiatives and actions to-
(i) achieve the goals stated in the National Parenting Support Policy;
(ii) develop stronger and more sustainable partnerships between home and school;
(b) act as a coordinating agency to ensure the effective streamlining of all Government activities relating to parenting and parenting support;
(c) monitor and evaluate the implementation of the National Parenting Support Policy and the established plans and programmes in relation thereto;
(d) make recommendations to the Minister with respect to plans and programmes concerning-
(i) parenting and parenting support;
(ii) the facilitation of positive relationships between home and school;
(e) convene consultations with relevant stakeholders, as appropriate;
(f) analyse resource needs and submit to the Minister recommendations for budgetary allocations for parenting programmes, parenting support programmes and childrenâ€™s programmes;
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