Child Care and Protection Bill passed in Parly

04 Mar 2015 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR NAMPA) - Namibian legislators on Wednesday passed the Child Care and Protection Bill.
The Bill provides a legislative framework to give effect to some rights of children that are yet to be fully realised, such as provision of a children’s fund, the right to foster care as well as a National Advisory Council for Children.
The Bill was referred to the National Council by the National Assembly late last year, and was passed to give effect to certain rights of children as contained in the Namibian Constitution.
Amongst others, it makes provision to cover funeral costs for vulnerable children in order to lift the burden off the shoulders of parents who cannot afford to accord their children decent burials.
Another amendment is the right of new-born babies to receive birth certificates before leaving the hospital in which they were born, and to be allowed a birth certificate with only one parent present.