1   Short title

   2   Interpretation

   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

   13   Regulations




[Date of Commencement: 14th, November 2012]

Act 7of 2012.

1   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the National Parenting Support Commission Act.

2   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act—

   â€œchild” means a person under the age of eighteen years;

   â€œCommission” means the National Parenting Support Commission established by section 3;

   â€œfunctions” includes powers and duties;

   â€œNational Parenting Support Policy” 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€œparent” 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.

3   Establishment of National Parenting Support Commission

   (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.

4   Functions of the Commission

   (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 children’s programmes;

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