Within the Americas, the Caribbean sub-region documents some of the highest levels of violence against children, in particular, of violent discipline. To review the evidence and explore best practices to prevent and respond to multiple forms of violence against children, PAHO co-sponsored the II ISPCAN Caribbean Regional Conference “Child Protection Realities in a Changing Caribbean and World” held in Jamaica, December 2 to 5, 2018.
The conference brought together 173 child abuse and neglect professionals representing 20 countries. The program included addresses from government officials including Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Ruel Reid, Minister of Education.
Alessandra Guedes, PAHO’s Regional Advisor on Family Violence, delivered a keynote address which presented findings from a recent analysis of the prevalence of multiple forms of violence against children in the Americas and showcased the framework INSPIRE: 7 strategies for ending violence against children, in addition to sharing information about interagency efforts, such as the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children and Together for Girls.
PAHO will continue to support the Caribbean sub-region with a focus on providing technical input for the development of national guidelines for the health sector and on training health care providers on how to identify and provide care to survivors of violence.