What is Collaborative Child Development?

The Collaborative Child Development Programme aims to provide a comprehensive framework of service provision within which all infants and children at risk for developmental delays or with established developmental delay will be identified and provided access to early remediation services in accordance with goals, targets and actions identified at the World Summit for Children and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC), in their efforts to ensure that childrean have healthy lives regardless of their circumstances.

Goals of the programme include:

  • Establishing a multidisciplinary diagnositc centre for the evaluation of children with suspected disabilities
  • Identifying, developing, evaluating and offering culturally relevant management, intervention and remediation services for children from infancy onwards, with ongoing follow-up care to at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Integrating diagnostic and intervention models with prevention strategies
  • Developing counseling and support services for families and caregivers with special attention to their psychosocial situation
  • Developing and delivering continuous Public Awareness Programmes
  • Promoting an effective network among relevant stakeholiders, to include the Ministries of Health, Education and Social Development in collaboration with NGOs and CBOs
  • Develping and implementing the legislative strategy to establish the operations of CCDP by statute