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CDA responding to families of slain children

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 2:16 PM

The Child Development Agency (CDA) has deployed a team of first responders to communities where children have been killed recently and will be providing grief counselling and other support to the affected families.



The youth ministry says the CDA has already done preliminary intervention, but will over the next two weeks be partnering with the Office of the Children’s Registry and other supporting agencies to host parenting sensitisation sessions in these communities.



It says these sessions will, among other things, focus on coping with grief, childcare and protection as well as approaches to discipline.



Youth Minister Lisa Hanna has condemned the perpetrators of violence against the nation’s children.



She says a tailored approach will be taken to address the needs of the families of 14-year-old Santoya Campbell of Frome in Westmoreland and three-year-old Crystal Coleman of St Mary who were reportedly murdered as well as 14-year-old Treshauna Henry, from St Mary, whose cause of death is still unknown.



She says the discovery of a newborn baby in a garbage bin in Ocho Rios, St Ann is also horrifying.



Hanna is calling for well-thinking Jamaicans to exercise greater levels of care, love and support to the nation’s children.



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