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NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN ACT.

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS.

   Section

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

   1.   Interpretation.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, OBJECTS, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.

   2.   Establishment of the council.

   3.   Objects of the council.

   4.   Functions of the council.

   5.   Additional powers of the council.

PART III
COMPOSITION AND TENURE OF OFFICE OF MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL.

   6.   Composition of the council.

   7.   Chairperson of the council.

   8.   Remuneration of members.

PART IV
COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL.

   9.   Specialised committees.

   10.   Functions of the specialised committees.

PART V
MANAGEMENT AND STAFF OF THE COUNCIL.

   11.   Secretariat.

   12.   Functions of the secretariat.

   13.   Secretary general.

   14.   Functions of the secretary general.

   15.   Deputy secretary general.

   16.   Other employees of the council.

   17.   Experts and consultants.

PART VI
FINANCE.

   18.   Funds of the council.

   19.   Borrowing powers.

   20.   Estimates.

   21.   Financial year of the council.

   22.   Accounts.

   23.   Audit.

   24.   Investment of surplus funds of the council.

PART VII
MISCELLANEOUS.

   25.   Protection of members and staff from personal liability for negligence.

   26.   Annual report.

   27.   Minister's report to Parliament.

   28.   Regulations.

   29.   Application and amendment of the Schedule.

      Schedule   Seal, documents, tenure of members and meetings of the council; service of documents.

CHAPTER 60
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CHILDREN ACT.

Commencement: 31 May, 1996.

   An Act to establish a National Council for Children, to provide a structure and mechanism which will ensure proper coordination, monitoring and evaluation of all policies and programmes relating to the survival, protection and development of the child and for other connected matters.

PART I
INTERPRETATION.

1.   Interpretation.

   In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   (a)   "chairperson" means the chairperson of the council appointed under section 7;

   (b)   "child" means a person below the age of 18 years;

   (c)   "council" means the National Council for Children established by section 2;

   (d)   "deputy secretary general" means the deputy secretary general appointed under section 15;

   (e)   "member" means a member of the council;

   (f)   "Minister" means the Minister responsible for child welfare matters;

   (g)   "programme of action" means the Uganda National Programme of Action for Children;

   (h)    "secretariat" means the secretariat referred to in section 11;

   (i)   "secretary general" means the secretary general appointed under section 13.

PART II
ESTABLISHMENT, OBJECTS, FUNCTIONS AND POWERS OF THE COUNCIL.

2.   Establishment of the council.

   (1) There is established the National Council for Children.

   (2) The council shall be a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal and may sue and be sued in its corporate name.

   (3) The council may, for and in connection with its objects and functions under this Act, purchase, hold, manage and dispose of any property, whether movable or immovable, and enter into any contract and other transactions as may be expedient and may do and suffer any other act or thing as in law may be done or suffered by a body corporate.

3.   Objects of the council.

   The objects of the council are—

   (a)   to act as a body through which the needs and problems of children can be communicated to the Government and other decision-making institutions and agencies in Uganda;

   (b)   to coordinate and provide direction to all persons involved in child-based activities in Uganda in order to—

      (i)   minimise duplication of effort and wastage of resources; and

      (ii)   maximise multisectoral and integrated approaches to meeting the needs of children and solving their problems;

   (c)   to promote the adoption and utilisation of the programme of action by the Government, nongovernmental organisations and external support agencies through participation in their planning and resource allocation exercises;

   (d)   to support the development of district plans of action and the creation of district monitoring systems;

   (e)   to monitor the achievement of the goals set in the programme of action and the activities planned and undertaken by the Government, nongovernmental organisations and other agencies to achieve those goals;

   (f)   to maintain a database on the situation of children and activities relating to children in Uganda;

   (g)   to support the continuing analysis of the changing needs of children and promote discussion of emerging priorities.

4.   Functions of the council.

   (1) For the attainment of its objects under section 3, the council shall have the following functions—

   (a)     to advise and promote policy and programmes regarding the survival, development and protection of children in Uganda;

   (b)   to ensure proper planning and coordination of all child-based programmes within the broad guidelines of the programme of action;

   (c)   to regularly review and identify obstacles to the implementation of the programme of action and to advise on feasible solutions to overcome them;

   (d)   to monitor and evaluate programmes and activities of the programme of action;

   (e)   to mobilise and evaluate programmes and activities of the programme of action;

   (f)   to advise on programmes and budgets for the implementation of the programme of action;

   (g)   to act as a clearinghouse for information and data on the situation of children and activities designed to benefit children in Uganda;

   (h)   to disseminate research and development findings on the needs and problems of children through seminars, workshops, publications and other means of communication;

   (i)   to work in close cooperation with and to coordinate the activities of all persons, institutions, sectors and organisations, involved in child-based activities;

   (j)   to do all

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