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The Child Care and Protection Act of Bhutan 2011

Parliament of the Kingdom of Bhutan Country Resources Child and Youth General Policies, Laws, Strategies & Plans, Service Standards Bhutan 31 May 2011 Legislation/regulation child and adolescent, child/youth protection

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The objectives of this Act are as follows:
(a) To create a uniform child justice system and legal framework with adequate provisions for dealing appropriately with all aspects of children in the context of the changing economic, social and cultural conditions prevailing in the country;
(b) To set up a system of administration of child justice that is in the best interest of the child and to provide a comprehensive child justice system with special attention to prevention and treatment of children in conflict with the law;
(c) To take all necessary measures to ensure that all children in conflict with the law are treated equally and fairly;
(d) To protect their basic rights provided under the Constitution and other laws in force;
(e) To provide for diversion and alternative sentencing in lieu of arrest, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment where it is appropriate;
(f) To prevent stigmatization, victimization and criminalization of children and facilitate social reintegration;
(g) To provide for officers and establishment of facilities required for the care, protection, assistance, education, and treatment of children in difficult circumstances;
(h) To provide for establishment of institution and facilities required for the care, treatment, education, training and rehabilitation of children in conflict with the law;
(i) To establish norms and standards for the administration of child justice in terms of investigation, prosecution, adjudication, disposition, care, treatment and rehabilitation; and
(j) To constitute special offences in relation to a child.

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