National Commission for Childhood

Last updated: 
09/01/2017

 

 

National Strategy for Childhood

 

 

 

 

The National Commission for Childhood has been re-formed by virtue of the Council of Ministers’ Decision No. 46 of 2007. This comes to confirm the importance given by the Kingdom of Bahrain to the issues of childhood, and expresses its desire to develop and promote the aspects of overall care provided to children.

 

General Objective

 

To work on developing childhood educationally, culturally and psychologically in all age stages, and undertake all relative activities and matters.

 

Tasks and Functions:

  • Develop a national strategy for childhood to help bodies concerned with childhood develop and promote the projects and programs that serve and protect children’s rights.
  • Strive to provide legislative protection for childhood in all fields.
  • Coordinate between the various government organs and civil institutions to achieve integration and avoid duplicity in their areas of ​​competence.
  • Seek to strengthen ties and relations with all civil bodies concerned with childhood in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Monitor and study children's problems and basic needs, and propose appropriate solutions, including the submission of suitable recommendations to the competent authorities in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Cooperate with Arab and international organizations and agencies operating in the field of childhood and benefit from their experience and programs to achieve the desired goals.
  • Work on building a detailed database for all that is related to childhood in the Kingdom of Bahrain and follow up the process of updating it constantly in coordination with all the concerned governmental and non-governmental bodies.

 

Sub-Committees:

 

The National Commission for Childhood consists of:

 

First: The Executive Office:

Functions of the Executive Office:

  • Follow up the decisions and recommendations of the National Commission.
  • Determine the national bank or banks in which the National Commission’s funds are deposited.
  • Study the reports submitted by the permanent or temporary sub-committees and work teams, and refer the necessary suggestions and recommendations thereon to the National Commission.
  • Take decisions in urgent matters in consultation with the Chairman of the National Commission, provided they shall be presented to the Commission at its first following meeting.
  • Dispose of the National Commission’s funds within the limits defined by its financial procedures and policies. As for the amounts in excess of the set limits, the approval of the Chairman must be obtained.
  • Propose the amendment of the rules and regulations governing the works of the National Commission and reports submitted by the permanent and temporary sub-committees and work teams.
  • Propose and follow up the conduction of studies and research on children.
  • Propose the necessary programs and activities in the field of childhood.
  • Consider any other issues that fall in the jurisdiction of the Office as well as any urgent matters.
  • Undertake works assigned to the Office by the High Commission.

 

Second: Strategy Preparation Committee

Functions of theStrategy Preparation Committee:

  • Develop a national strategy for childhood covering the educational, health, psychological, social, legislative, public services and other relative fields.
  • Prepare and follow up the executive plan of the National Strategy for Childhood and make the necessary assessments.
  • Develop the rules pertaining to the main needs of childhood.
  • Form work teams that undertake studies, preparation works, submission of proposals, and follow-up works relating to the strategy.
  • Undertake any works assigned to it by the High Commission and the Executive Office.

 

Third: Legal and Financial Committee:

Functions of the Legal and Financial Committee:

  • Monitor laws and regulations pertaining to childhood affairs and follow up their implementation.
  • Propose draft laws and regulations related to childhood.
  • Provide legal advice.
  • Oversee the spending on the implementation of the High Commission’s plan.
  • Strength legal protection for children.
  • Undertake any work assigned to it by the High Commission and the Executive Office.

 

Fourth: Awareness and Public Relations Committee

Functions of theAwareness and Public Relations Committee:

  • Develop and implement education and awareness activities and programs in the field of childhood through the employment of different media.
  • Coordinate with the relevant authorities to provide the various types of counseling needed by children and their families.
  • Prepare guides for children.
  • Provide media coverage for the projects and work programs of the High Commission and sub-committees.
  • Organize meetings and workshops for media professionals about childhood, children's rights, and the role of the media in supporting children's issues.
  • Undertake any work assigned to it by the High Commission and the Executive Office.

 

The most important achievements of the National Commission for Children:

  • The launch of the National Strategy for Children.
  • The contribution to the proposals and reviews on the Law of the Child promulgated under a Royal Decree in 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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