Ncfc overview (web)


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The National Committee for Families and Children is commissioned and committed to promote and protect the human rights of every child and family in Belize primarily those rights enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

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Ncfc overview (web)

  1. 1. NCFC An Overview
  2. 2. What is the NCFC? <ul><li>Set up to oversee Belize’s compliance with its international and national commitments to children </li></ul><ul><li>NOT an implementing agency </li></ul><ul><li>An advocacy, coordination, policy-advisory and M&E body. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The NCFC Timeline
  4. 4. Composition <ul><li>The fourteen members of the committee are appointed by the Minister with responsibility for children. </li></ul><ul><li>The members are required to be representative of Governmental and non-governmental agencies concerned with the welfare of families and children. Members may be reappointed. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Composition <ul><li>The Minister is the chairperson of the Committee, and the Executive Director is an ex-officio, non-voting member. </li></ul><ul><li>The Committee schedules monthly meetings </li></ul>
  6. 7. Terms of Reference BELIZE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN ACT CHAPTER 173 REVISED EDITION 2000 SHOWING THE LAW AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 2000 This is a revised edition of the law, prepared by the Law Revision Commissioner under the authority of the Law Revision Act, Chapter 3 of the Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 1980 - 1990. This edition contains a consolidation of the following laws- Page ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS 3 FAMILIES AND CHILDREN ACT 16 Amendments in force as at 31st December, 2000.
  7. 8. Terms of Reference <ul><li>(a) Promoting, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and ensuring that the Government meet its national and international obligations as a party to the Convention; </li></ul>
  8. 9. Terms of Reference <ul><li>(b) Promoting, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the goals reached at the World Summits on the CRC, through the Belize National Plan for Human Development, Children and Youth; </li></ul>
  9. 10. Terms of Reference <ul><li>(c) Promoting public awareness on the national legislation affecting families and children, and facilitating effective and efficient planning and coordination of efforts among and between NGO’s, service clubs, churches and other organizations involved in the provision of services for families and children; </li></ul>
  10. 11. Terms of Reference <ul><li>(d) Ensuring that the various institutions, communities and homes in Belize understand and apply the standards of protection and care of children set out in this ACT and regulations made hereunder and in the Convention within their institutional, community or family setting </li></ul>
  11. 12. Terms of Reference <ul><li>Recommending and advocating to, and at different levels and institutions of the Belizean society for: </li></ul><ul><li>(i)Policies for the care, protection and maintenance of families and children in Belize; </li></ul><ul><li>(ii)The contribution of resources from the international community and the local private sector. </li></ul>
  12. 13. The Committee receives funding from GOB to operate a Secretariat housed at 62 Cleghorn St., Belize City <ul><li>Recommend to GOB laws and Policies </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for children’s rights </li></ul><ul><li>Monitors & Evaluate the Implementation of CRC and other international, regional and national commitments the government has made to children and their families </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate efforts among and between GOB, non-governmental civil society </li></ul>
  13. 14. Operations Operations Officer Office Sup. Executive Director NCFC Minister Sub-Committees Coordination/ Resource Mobilization Programs Sec./Receptionist Office Asst. Public Education & Advocacy & Children’s Participation Policy & Legal Reform Monitoring & Evaluation
  14. 15. Key Events <ul><li>Establishment of the Belize Family Court-1989 </li></ul><ul><li>Ratification of the CRC-1990 </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of the NCCC-1992 </li></ul><ul><li>Declaration of IYF-1994 </li></ul><ul><li>NCCC reconstituted as NCFC-1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of the FSD-DHS-1994 </li></ul><ul><li>Passage of the FACA-1998 </li></ul><ul><li>NCFC acquires legal status-1999 (SI-23) </li></ul><ul><li>Mandatory reporting regulations passed (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>Development of the NPA-2003/2004 </li></ul>
  15. 16. Key Events <ul><li>Development of National CPP-2003/04 </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive review of the laws of Belize to bring into harmony with the CRC-2003/04 </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed amendments to FACA-2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Passage of the Trafficking in Persons Prohibition Act-2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Development of a Draft Coordination Mechanism-2003/2004 </li></ul>
  16. 17. Thank you for your attention!