Declaration of the Young Persons of the Caribbean


Declaration of the Young Persons of the Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica, 15 May 2012


"We, child and youth representatives from the Caribbean have gathered in Jamaica for the Violence against Children Sub-Regional Conference to proclaim the present Declaration:

Violence can be described as using your position of power or strength to inflict intentional damage to someone. This may include emotional or mental damage and not merely the physical.

Violence or any violent environment is not fit for a child. Children are more sensitive than adults realize. Things mean much more to a child than what an adult can see.

Violent acts against children affect them as it changes their lives forever. A child will never remain the same after. A damaged childhood leads to a damaged personality, development of trust issues, attachments issues and such. And this would lead to a damaged society where other children will grow up continuing the cycle and showing no improvement."