Child Protection Task Force set up in Trinidad

first_img Share Share 21 Views   no discussions Tweet NewsRegional Child Protection Task Force set up in Trinidad by: – December 2, 2013center_img Share Prime Minister Kamla Persad-BissessarIn response to the brutal murder of six-year-old Keyana Cumberbatch last week and the gruesome discovery of one-year-old Jacob Monroe’s body in a cesspit the week before, the Government has established a Child Protection Task Force, with a prime ministerial mandate to review all existing policies, legislation and protocols in place to protect the nation’s children.The Office of the Prime Minster said, in a release yesterday, the task force’s first job will be to “recommend measures aimed at overhauling and advancing protection, care and intervention services of the State and non-governmental organisations”.The members of the task force will be announced today.The first meeting is scheduled for this week and will “bring together the nation’s top advocates for the rights, protection and well-being of children”. Yesterday, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar paid a personal visit to Keyana’s mother, Simone Williams, and relatives at the family’s Maloney home, the release said.“It is very hard to imagine the depth of agony being experienced by (Williams), as well as her relatives and friends. This is not a moment that any parent or any person can ever be prepared for. And what happened to Keyana is something no child must ever have to experience,” Persad-Bissessar said. Last Friday, the Prime Minister described the death of Keyana Cumberbatch as “a tragedy that is simply too horrific to imagine”.“My thoughts and my prayers are with Keyana’s family, but as Prime Minister, I will not allow this to happen to our children. I will not allow it to continue. Enough is enough. And to the one who is responsible for this crime or any crime such as this, we will find you, and we will punish you,” she said.Yesterday, she told the family the State will provide “every possible support to the family in their time of grief and anguish”.The Child Protection Task Force will complement the immediate and ongoing emergency response from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development.The Task Force’s mandate will be, among other things, to:• Comprehensively review all provisions, regulations, legis­lation and public-sector processes focused on the care, health and protection of children;• Recommend how, through policy intervention and partnerships with non-governmental and community organisations, the State can reduce risks to children;• Recommend on how the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago can become fully empowered; and• Recommend how emergency responses can be widened, accelerated and structured to immediately respond to the needs of children at risk.“I have chosen not to go the way of others and discuss who is to be blamed and who must be held liable. There are no solutions in blame, but there is in standing united as a people and as a nation and saying that we will not stand for this,” said the Prime Minister.Trinidad Express Sharing is caring!last_img read more