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Concluding Observations, CRC/C/JAM/CO/3-4, 30 January 2015: Jamaica

III. Main areas of concern and recommendations

B. General principles (arts. 2–3, 6 and 12 of the Convention)

Data collection

16. The Committee welcomes the establishment of a comprehensive database (JamStats) capturing a wide range of social and economic indicators on the various aspects of children’s lives as well as initiatives to strengthen existing data collection and management processes. The Committee also notes efforts to “institutionalize” the JamStats database in all relevant ministries, agencies and civil society organizations, and to train stakeholders. The Committee is, however, concerned about gaps in the overall data collection apparatus of the State party, in particular with respect to children with disabilities, children in situations of migration, children in street situations, child labour and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children.

17. The Committee recommends that the State party continue to strengthen data collection and management processes, and to systematize the database system among all stakeholders, as well as capacity-building for the formulation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects for the effective implementation of the Convention. The data should cover all areas of the Convention and be disaggregated by age, sex, disability, geographic location, ethnic origin, migration status and socioeconomic background.

Link to full text of the report: Concluding Observations-CRC-Jamaica-2015-eng