[ Policy Matters ] – Parliamentary Policy Briefing on
Title: Amendments to the Child Act (2001) – Act 611
Civil Society Recommendations
Time and Venue
24 March 2014
1.00 pm – 2.30 pm
Bilik Taklimat, Level 2, Main Block, Parliament.
Jointly organized by
1. Voice of the Children
2. Child Rights Coalition Malaysia (CRCM)
3. Women’s Centre for Change, Penang (WCC)
4. Kajian Politik untuk Perubahan (KPRU)
In January 2014, Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, the Honorable Dato’ Rohani Abdul Karim, announced in the media that amendments to the Child Act (2001) would be tabled at the next sitting in Parliament. This Act was created as an amalgamation of several existing pieces of legislation to fulfill the Government’s obligation under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Child Act defines a child as any person less than 18 years of age. It established the National Council for the Protection of Children and requires setting up of Child Protection Teams. It also established the Court for Children.
The Child Act in its present form presents a number of issues: its fragmented origin means it lacks a holistic approach; the principle of the Best Interests of the Child is neglected; it lacks avenues for child participation. A number of areas require strengthening to better protect children and improve implementation.
Amendments to Child Act (2001) – Act 611 are being tabled in Parliament with limited civil society consultation.The session provides an opportunity to discuss with NGO experts some of the issues with the Child Act as gained through experience of real-life cases and specialist knowledge of the law.
Subjects to be discussed:
§ Key Concerns with the Child Act (2001) in its present form
§ 9 issue areas identified in the Child Act (2001)
§ Recommendations for amendments to the different parts of the Act
§ Overall concerns on the law amendment process
The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Hartini Zainudin, Voice of the Children and Melissa Akhir, Women’s Centre for Change, Penang (WCC).
Chrystle Ngan, KPRU
We look forward to seeing you there.
CRCM / WCC / KPRU