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    Child Care and Protection Act 3 of 2015

    To give effect to the rights of children as contained in the Namibian Constitution and international agreements binding on Namibia; to set out principles relating to the best interests of children; to set the age of majority at 18 years; to provide for the establishment of a National Advisory Council on Children; to provide for the appointment of a Children’s Advocate; to provide for the establishment of a Children’s Fund; to provide for appointment and designation of social workers, social auxiliary workers, community child care workers and probation officers; to provide for designation of private social workers and child protection organisations for certain purposes; to make provisions relating to children’s courts, court procedures and court orders; to provide for residential child care facilities, places of care and shelters; to provide for the status and matters relating to certain children; to provide for proof of parentage and parental responsibilities and rights in respect of children born outside marriage and children of divorced parents; to provide for custody and guardianship of children on the death of the person having custody or guardianship; to provide for parental responsibilities and rights, parenting plans and their formalisation; to provide for kinship care of children; to provide for prevention and early intervention services in relation to children; to provide for measures relating to children in need of protective services; to provide for foster care; to provide for the issuing of contribution orders; to provide for the domestic adoption and inter-country adoption of children; to combat the trafficking of children; to provide for additional measures for the protection of children; to provide for provisions relating to persons unfit to work with children; to provide for grants payable in respect of certain children; to create new offences relating to children; to repeal certain laws, including the Children’s Act, 1960, Children’s Status Act, 2006 and the Age of Majority Act, 1957; to amend the Combating of Domestic Violence Act, 2003, the Combating of Immoral Practices Act, 1980, the Liquor Act, 1998, the Administration of Estates Act, 1965, the Marriage Act, 1961 and the Criminal Procedure Act, 1977; to give effect to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and other international agreements binding on Namibia; and to provide for incidental matters.

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