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Conference on Child Protection Launched

Published:Saturday | March 21, 2015 | 11:05 PM
David Fitton, British High Commissioner to Jamaica in discussion with Patricia McKenzie-Thomas, (centre) Director of One Step Forward Consultancy UK and Anniona Jones, Community Relations Education Office at the Ministry of Education at the launch of International Safeguarding Children's Conference "Every Child Matters in the Caribbean"


With the increasing number of cases of child abuse being reported in recent times, one United Kingdom (UK) based social work consultancy has organised a conference to shed light on the issue of child protection.

The International Safeguarding Children's Conference (ISCC) slated for Friday, May 15 is aimed at addressing issues of child protection and bringing child care professionals together to explore solutions to the problem.

Speaking at the launch of the conference Patricia McKenzie-Thomas, Director of One Step Forward Consultancy and organiser of the conference said that it will seek to model the Every Child Matters campaign launched in the UK after the murder of Victoria Climbie in 2000.

" The conference will provide an opportunity for social workers, foster carers and for professionals working in the safeguarding of children throughout the Caribbean to be provided with multidisciplinary approaches and best practise guidance on child protection provision and services in the Caribbean," she said.

The conference which is being held under the theme, Every Child Matters in the Caribbean and is supported by the British High Commission.

British High Commissioner to Jamaica, David Fittion stressed the importance of the conference and noted that it compliments the work of the high commission in providing support in the area of child care and protection in Jamaica.

"We are supporting the conference because we are very concerned about child abuse, children who are neglected and who suffer, wherever it happens. As part of our ongoing programme of bilateral projects we do support NGOs and other organisations including the Ministry of Youth and the Child Development Agency (CDA) in protecting children and that can take many forms," he said.

The conference which will be held at the Mona Visitors Lodge will feature a mix of local and international speakers and presenters.