Youth Minister Lisa Hanna, has appointed a committee to review the operations of children’s homes.
This, in light of the unauthorized implementation of sexual education programmes in six privately-operated residential care facilities by human rights group, Jamaicans for Justice.
The review should be concluded in three weeks.
The Review Committee will be led by Chair of the Child Development Agency
Advisory Board, Maxine Henry-Wilson. The other members are: Advisor to the Minister on Children’s Affairs, Sadie Keating.
Director of Policy Planning & Evaluation at the Child Development Agency, Newton Douglas.
And attorney-at-law, Annaliesa Lindsay.
Minister Hanna says the committee will examine the terms and conditions of the operational activities of the six homes involved, as well as the reports,documentation and opinions submitted.
On Minister Hanna’s instructions, the CDA conducted an investigation into the circumstances which led to the programme being implemented without the knowledge of the Agency or the Ministry as well as the suitability of the material presented to the children.
The CDA found several breaches and concluded that parts of the training material were inappropriate for the age cohort.
Minister Hanna sought and has received written responses to the CDA’s report from the administrators of the six homes.
A statement from the Youth Ministry says the report of the Review Committee will inform Minister Hanna’s treatment of the apparent breaches at the six homes.
And, will also provide input for the review of the licensing regime for privately-operated Children’s Homes and Places of Safety.