Antigua and Barbuda is a State Party to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and ratified the Convention on 5 October 1993, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography on 30 April 2002 and the Convention concerning the Prohibition and Immediate Action for the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour, on 16 September 2002.
These draft reports listed as the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, upon completion will require the approval of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda which is the State Party. Already, measures have been adopted to give effect to the rights set forth in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and on the progress made in the enjoyment of those rights and should indicate the factors and difficulties, if any, affecting the degree of fulfillment of the obligations under the Convention.
Chief Welfare Officer, Cindy Price, explained that assignments on the reports are expected to commence by the first week in August, and upon receiving the approval of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, the consolidated report will be submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Price said, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), stipulated that, the draft consolidated report should cover the period since the consideration of the first periodic report (2004) and has to be prepared in pursuance to the provisions of article 44.1 (b) of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and be prepared in conformity with the guidelines contained in the document CRC/C/58/Rev.1 - General Guidelines regarding the form and content of periodic reports to be submitted by states parties under article 44, paragraph 1 (b), of the convention - dated 29/11/2005.
The consultant is expected to collect information through different participatory methods, incorporate all existing and relevant data, to meet with all concerned stakeholders including National Child Protection Reform Committee, experts from various sectors, government officials, civil society organizations, United Nations (UN) and other international agencies, parents and children and to present the draft Report to a National Consultation of stakeholders to be organized by the Ministry of Health and Social Transformation.
The consultant is expected to within two (2) months of commencement present the draft report, facilitate national consultation for feedback from stakeholders as well as children, report monthly to National Child Protection Reform Committee, review and incorporate comments of technical review committee, stakeholders, children and Cabinet in Antigua and Barbuda, finalize report and submit to the Ministry of Health and Social Transformation and present report to Cabinet.
The United Nations Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child considered the initial report of Antigua and Barbuda and made its concluding observations in 2004. The Government has noted the concluding observations highlighted by the Committee on the Rights of the Child and has addressed some of the recommendations.
Price intimated that qualified and experienced consultants who have worked for approximately five (5) plus years on child rights, preferably in Antigua and Barbuda and in the Caribbean, could apply at the Citizens’ Welfare Division or call Ph: 268-462-6368/4402 for further details.