Published On: Tue, Aug 27th, 2013

Little cooperation between the Netherlands and Curaçao juvenile rehabilitation

Dutch ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – The Netherlands does not work structurally with Curaçao in the field of juvenile rehabilitation. This is according to Minister Ronald Plasterk (Kingdom Relations) in response to parliamentary questions from Labour Party member Roelof Van Laar. “The basic principle is that each country in the Kingdom is primarily responsible for improving their situation.”

According to Plasterk there are occasional contacts at case level between the Council for Child Protection in the Netherlands and the respective with St. Maarten, Aruba and Curacao.

In May, the UNICEF report Kingdom Children, ‘Children on the Dutch Caribbean’ was presented to the Minister. From this report, Plasterk indicated that the Netherlands, together with the countries of the Kingdom, will continue their efforts to improve the situation of children in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. “The UNICEF reports was discussed with the countries of Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten during the Kingdom Consultation early in June. It was agreed that the countries will work to address these questions together as much as possible. This includes what I'm concerned (the development of) juvenile rehabilitation.”

During the next Kingdom Conference in March 2014 subjects like children’s rights and youth unemployment will be on the agenda, Plasterk indicated. These issues will be prepared by working groups in the period before the conference. Juvenile rehabilitation will be considered as a topic for the Kingdom Conference next year.

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