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Office of Children's Advocate understaffed – Gordon Harrison

Published:Thursday | July 21, 2016 | 7:11 AM
The Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee that her office currently has six investigators.

The Office Of The Children's Advocate has signaled that it is in dire need of investigators to examine cases where the rights of minors are infringed in Jamaica.

The Children's Advocate Diahann Gordon Harrison told Parliament's Public Administration and Appropriations Committee that her office currently has six investigators.

Gordon Harrison said as of last month, there were one hundred and thirty six cases to each investigator in her Office.

And Gordon Harrison added that the number of cases assigned to each investigator is increasing.

When asked whether support can be sought from other entities like the Child Development Agency,  Gordon Harrison told the committee that such a move would amount to a conflict of interest between the two agencies.

 

Children's Advocate, Dianne Gordon Harris

Gordon Harrison also stated that investigators of the Office of The Children's Advocate and those from the Child Development Agency carry out vastly different functions which would make partnering difficult.