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Sunday 23rd of February 2020


Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago


Central America and Caribbean, Trinidad and Tobago

TypeCountry of originConstitution

Agency Trinidad and Tobago2015


Child, Protection, Rights, Welfare


The principles which underpin the execution of the Children’s Authority’s functions – the promotion of and respect for children’s rights – are enshrined within the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Declaration and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Consistent with these principles, a Package of Children’s Legislation initiated in 2000 formed the basis for the creation of the Children’s Authority. The pieces of legislation complement each other and provide for a robust system which brings Trinidad and Tobago in conformity with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

The mandate of the Children’s Authority is derived directly from the legislation.  As such, the organisation will be responsible for, inter alia:

Receiving and investigating reports of mistreatment of children

Removing children from their homes where they are in imminent danger

Making applications to the Court for the protection and placement of children received into the care of the Authority

Establishing and maintaining places of safety, assessment and support centres, and reception centres

Establishing and operating a foster care system

Assuming conduct of the adoption process

Establishing standards for community residences, foster care and nurseries

Monitoring children’s community residences, foster care providers, and nurseries

Issuing and revoking licences for community residences and nurseries

Supporting the youth justice system

Providing assistance to the Counter-Trafficking Unit in respect of child victims

Maintaining complete records


The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (also referred to as the Authority) is a specialised agency with the responsibility for the care and protection of children, especially those who are at risk or have been victims of abuse or neglect.  The Authority advocates for the rights of children, and encourages and supports them to enjoy their childhood.  The organisation’s overarching objective is to utilise child-friendly and progressive solutions to address children’s issues and rehabilitate them so that their full potential is realised.

Contact details

Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, Head Office, 35A Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Telephone: 627-0748, 623-7555, 625-7151 - Fax: 624-6316


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