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Wanted: More accountability from OCR, CDA

Published:Monday | January 23, 2017 | 12:00 AM


During Cliff Hughes' show last Tuesday, a female caller expressed concerns about a seven-year-old girl who she believed was being sexually abused by the child's uncle, and that she and her sister reported the matter to both the Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) and the Child Development Agency (CDA) from about September last year.

She said that no action was taken to remove the child from the house four months after the report.

The CDA claimed that they visited the child's address given by the complainant, but were unable to locate the child.

However, the Centre for Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) found the child at the same address and arrested the alleged abuser the morning after the matter was aired.

What did CISOCA do differently in locating the child?

not enough

While I commend the State Minister of Youth, Floyd Green, for his timely intervention into this matter, and that plans are being fast-tracked to merge these two agencies, that is certainly not enough.

Strong measures of accountability should be implemented to ensure that the work of the OCR and the CDA is carried out with competency, because we depend on them to act in circumstances when our vulnerable children are in need of care and protection.

Until we begin to understand and accept the reality that we are all obligated to care for and to protect our children, child abusers will continue their dastardly acts of taking away the innocence of our future.