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Uncertainty surrounds departure of Child Development Agency head

Published:Wednesday | July 31, 2013 | 6:01 PM

The Circumstances leading to today’s departure of Carla Francis-Edie as chief executive officer of the Child Development Agency (CDA) remain unclear.



The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre understands that the Government has chosen not to renew Francis-Edie’s contract.



The CDA falls under the Youth Ministry headed by Lisa Hanna.



Our News Centre was unable to reach the Government Minister.



However, one of her advisers, Huntley Medley said a statement on the matter would be issued by this afternoon.



In April, Hanna announced that a management audit of the CDA revealed an absence of adequate management staffing and issues surrounding procurement and governance.



Hanna and the CDA have been highly criticised by civil society groups for failing to safeguard the welfare of children in State care.



Francis-Edie was appointed in June 2010, replacing Alison Anderson McLean who resigned in the aftermath of the May 2009 fire at the Armadale Juvenile Correctional Centre which killed seven female wards of the State.



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