Ministry Of Human Services And Social Security Launch Investigation Into The Childcare and Protection Agency’s Response To Neesa Gopaul’s Case
One day after 16 year old Neesa Gopaul was laid to rest, the Minster of Human Services and Social Security has given the Director of Social Services until November 5th to produce the findings and recommendations for the Childcare and Protection Agency’s poor response towards the case involving the young woman.
Gopau’s body was found in a suitcase in a creek on the Linden Soesdyke Highway. She had complained to friends of being abused, and being used also to ferry drugs. Those complaints were made to the Child Protection Agency but from all appearances the agency failed to stay on top of the case and follow up on the many complaints it had received from the young woman and her friends.
Minister Priya Manickchand said she agrees that more could have been done on the part of the childcare and protection agency. The minister also noted that an entire review of the agency’s operation has been taken into consideration given the death of the former Queens College student which could have been avoided.
While the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security has launched its own investigation. The Education and Home Affairs ministries are also expected to conduct their own probe. The minister has also issued a call for community members to play a more proactive role in reporting such cases to the agency. To date it has received some 3,175 complaints.
There have been complaints in the past about the way the agency was carrying out its work. In many instances officers would be accused of not doing follow up cases and not keeping a tab on the same children that it ought to be protecting.