Officers of the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, CPFSA, are operating well above capacity.

According to the CEO, Rosalee Gage-Grey her officers are managing upwards of two hundred cases per officer versus an international standard of 30.

Mrs. Gage-Grey was speaking on Nationwide News@5 yesterday.

She says in order to manage they are forced to prioritise cases in order of urgency.

She’s commenting on news that more than 12-thousand cases of child abuse are reported annually in Jamaica.

The figure was disclosed by Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams at this morning’s National Policy Dialogue on Ending Violence Against Children.

Mrs. Gage Grey says outside of abuse the agency handles some 25 thousand cases of harmful behaviour toward children annually.

Rosalee Gage-Grey, Chief Executive Officer for the Child Protection and Family Services Agency.