Child Protection Task Force sets to work
Implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force will take place through relevant ministries and state agencies.
The Office of the Prime Minister today issued a statement, advising that the Child Protection Task Force would begin its work immediately, with a report to be delivered within six weeks, to take to the Parliament. The Task Force was announced by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Sunday, and was in response to the sexual assault and murder, last week, of six-year-old Kenaya Cumberbatch. The following is the full statement from the Office of the Prime Minister -
Following several heinous crimes against the nation’s children, Prime Minister, the Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in seeking a comprehensive solution to all forms of crime and criminal behavior against children, has established a Child Protection Task Force comprising experts in childcare and protection. The mandate of the Task Force will be to carry out an in-depth analysis of the factors which cause an increased risk of crime against children, and to make proposals on how legislation, government, non-governmental organizations, parents, and other stakeholders can better protect children.
Among the objectives of the Task Force is to commence and complete and review of all provisions, regulations, legislation, and public processes to protect children; to provide recommendations on the issue; to create risk resolutions; to suggest ways to fully empowering the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago; to provide recommendations on specific risk areas which will require State interventions; to suggest how early warning systems can be structured to provide for the detection of children who live in risk situations; and the provision of sourcing improved counseling and specialist care services for children.
The Task Force is expected to report on its finding within six (6) weeks. Its recommendations will be discussed at Cabinet level and presented to Parliament thereafter. Implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force will take place through relevant ministries and state agencies.
All previous surveys and reports relative to the issue of child protection will be revisited and considered by the Task Force.
Experts and other stakeholders will be welcomed by the Task Force to make presentations and discuss the various issues concerning the well-being of children. A number of recommendations have already been made and will form part of the review of the Task Force.
The first meeting of the Task Force is carded for Friday 6th December at 10:00am at the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development.
The names of the members of the Task Force are expected to be announced upon the completion of protocols and confirmation of the acceptance by nominees.