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Seventeen inducted as representatives of the visiting committee for children’s homes and orphanages

Seventeen inducted as representatives of the visiting committee for children’s homes and orphanages

Seventeen persons were  inducted as representatives of the visiting committee for children’s homes and orphanages in order to ensure quality care and the protection of children while in residential care.

Childcare and Protection Director, Ann Greene said the agency has notice an increase in the number of reported cases of child abuse which has placed more children in the protection of the state.

According to Greene the committee will have an oversight role over both government and privately owned children homes to ensure that the minimum operational standards and regulations for children’s home is practiced.

Human Services and Social Security Minister Jennifer Webster said no child should be treated unfairly and believes the committee has a vital role to play in protecting the rights of children.

The rights of the child, safeguarding the child while in the home, quality of Care, nutrition, health, education and religion are some of the areas that the minimum operational standards and regulations cover.
If a home falls below the basic requirements as spelt out in the regulations and can show no evidence of actively working to meet the regulations the children may be removed and the home closed.
There are twenty-two homes in the country and over seven hundred children in residential care of which only three are operated by the government.
Just about two weeks ago this newscast had reported on the sorry state of the Hadfield street drop in center for children. the minister had promised then to not only ensure repair works were done but that a visiting committee be put in place.
Mark Murray.

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