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Disciplinary hearings into CDA's removal of children from St Catherine child care facility not complete

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 10:00 AM

The Child Development Agency (CDA) says disciplinary hearings are not finished in relation to workers linked to the bungled removal of a group of children from a child care facility in February last year. 

The CDA's executive director, Rosalee Gage Grey, notes that the process began last December in line with a demand by the Youth Minister Lisa Hanna. 

She says two hearings have taken place since and three more have been set for next month. 

Gage Grey explains that the process is complex as the members of the disciplinary panel are independent of the CDA. 

However, she says the agency has communicated a need for urgency to the members. 

An Office of the Children's Advocate report noted that there was an indecent haste by the CDA to remove the wards from Sunshine Child Care Facility in St Catherine and that the process of removing them left much to be desired.

Some 34 children were living at the home from which they were removed by the CDA despite the operator of the home getting a court order to remain at the premises.

The children were reportedly bundled up and carted away to other facilities without due regard to their rights.