JAMAICA MOU signed to further boost Child Protection Services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 21, 2017 – Kingston – The Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further improve the quality of services offered to vulnerable children and families.The two-year MOU entails the establishment of a referral system that facilitates social interventions for persons who are assessed and determined to be vulnerable.   They include current and former wards of the State; children remanded in government places of safety, pending court decisions; youngsters deemed at risk to be or who have been neglected, abused or maltreated by their families; and those on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).The MOU was signed during a ceremony at CPFSA’s head office on Duke Street, Kingston, on November 17.   Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Collette Roberts-Risden, said the MOU will support the CPFSA’s delivery of much-needed assistance to the target beneficiaries.“What we hope to achieve… is that any child in need of support, we will refer them to the CPFSA, and, similarly, any child in need of the programmes in our Ministry, the CPFSA will refer them to us,” she said.Meanwhile, CPFSA Chief Executive Officer, Rosalee Gage-Grey, said the partnership will assist in strengthening the family structure.“We can’t treat with children without treating with their families; and we believe that if we give greater support to our families, then the children will be OK.   As we seek to build the family structure in our country, we want to ensure that the most vulnerable who, we both serve, are protected and provided with services in a timely manner.   We see this partnership as very valuable,” she said.The CPFSA, formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is the entity under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information that is responsible for enabling a stable and nurturing living environment for children who are in need of care and protection.The Agency was renamed following its merger with the Office of the Children’s Registry earlier this year.This was done as part of the Ministry’s plans to create a more efficient child-protection sector with emphasis on the pooling of resources, timely service delivery, and increasing field services staff.Release: JIS Related Items:last_img read more

Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action

first_img , Funding for temporary bridge tents requires city action Posted: October 30, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The first of three large industrial style tents is going up in the next few weeks, providing a temporary shelter for those who are homeless.The “bridge” shelters as they are called, evolved out of a proposal by two San Diego businessmen, Padres managing partner, Peter Seidler and restauranteur Dan Shea. They have donated more than a million dollars to buy two of the three sprung structures. Initially, they estimated the cost of running the tents at just $17 per person per day.That estimate turned out to be too low because it did not include staff, counselors and the costs of other services to help those who are unsheltered make the transition to more permanent housing.  The head of the San Diego Housing Commission estimates he will need $6.5 million to run the three tents for the first six months, which could open as soon as December, Because the tent plan was not in this year’s budget, the dollars will have to be taken out of other parts of the budget.Housing Commission President and CEO Rick Gentry said he will ask San Diego’s City Council to shift the funds set aside to create long-term affordable housing to this immediate short-term need.That request to City Council is expected to be made in the next few weekscenter_img October 30, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more