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JFJ wants its say in Gov't probe of controversial children's homes course

Published:Tuesday | August 26, 2014 | 9:24 AM

Human rights lobby group, Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) says its concerned that the Government report into its sex-education course in children's homes may have been completed without its input.

As a result, JFJ indicated yesterday that it has written to the Youth Ministry requesting a copy of its report.

The lobby group has admitted to the unauthorised implementation of the sex education course in six privately-run children's homes.

Youth Minister Lisa Hanna ordered the probe after the Child Development Agency revealed in June that it learnt of the eight-month-old course through a JFJ newsletter.

However, in a media release yesterday afternoon, Chairman of JFJ's board Dr Barry Wade said JFJ officials were not interviewed nor was information requested of the group.

He says the board is ready to respond at any opportunity it is given.

Wade was appointed after the leadership of the human rights group collapsed in the aftermath of the scandal.

Last week, Hanna disclosed that she had received a report from the committee probing the issue.

The Youth Minister said she would have discussions with the maxine Henry Wilson chaired committee before updating the Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

The course titled 'Healthy Sexual Growth and Development in Marginalised Youth: Rights, Responsibilities and Life Skills', created a firestorm because of revelations it included material on anal and oral sex.

A preliminary report had noted that children in some of the homes may have been exposed to content that might not have been appropriate for their age.

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