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Office of Children's Advocate gets two more investigators

Published:Monday | May 11, 2015 | 8:42 AM

The Office of the Children’s Advocate says the Finance Ministry has given approval for the employment of two more investigators to help the office with it's caseload.

Children’s Advocate, Diahann Gordon Harrison, says the two new officers will bring to six, the total number of investigators responsible for probing hundreds of cases the office receives yearly.

However, Harrison says the office had asked for 12 new investigators. 

She says the Office of the Children's Advocate is not satisfied with just two additional officers but is mindful of the financial constraints facing the government.

One of the two investigators will fill the post of director of investigations.

In the meantime, the Children’s Advocate says her office will be increasing its unannounced inspections of child care facilities.

According to her, the frequency of such visits is not at the expected levels.

But she says efforts will be made to change that in the coming months.

The Office of the Children’s Advocate is mandated to enforce and protect the rights and best interests of children.