Law · Legislation

Child Care and Protection Act


This law seeks to promote the best interests, safety and well-being of children in Jamaica.


The law recognizes the provision of “adequate food” as an important aspect of the duty of care owed to children. Section 27(1), for instance, states that “[i]t shall be the duty of every person responsible for the maintenance of a child to provide the child with adequate food, clothing, lodging and health care appropriate to the age and needs of the child.” However, “adequate food” is not defined in the law.