Ju­ve­nile Care and Pro­tec­tion Ser­vice Providers Speak Out

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Staff mem­bers and care providers of two of the is­land’s ju­ve­nile pro­tec­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion in­si­tu­tion­sThe New Be­gin­nings Tran­sit Home and the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre- shared a can­did ex­change with the Min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for Hu­man Ser­vices and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Se­na­tor the Hon­ourable For­tuna Belrose. Min­is­ter Belrose was ac­com­pa­nied by Di­rec­tor of Hu­man Ser­vices Mrs. El­iz­a­beth Lewis, as she vis­ited the two cen­tres on Thurs­day.

“I think as a so­ci­ety we will never be able to re­pay the peo­ple who work in so­cial ser­vices. Be­cause when you look at the myr­iad of is­sues they have to deal with, and the way many of them just go about their work dili­gently every day without the req­ui­site level of com­pen­sa­tion, I think our so­ci­ety has to be eter­nally grate­ful to these peo­ple who work in so­cial ser­vices,” stated Mrs. Belrose. She asked the em­ploy­ees at both cen­tres to speak on a per­sonal level of their con­tri­bu­tions to child care in Saint Lu­cia and how their jobs have in­flu­enced in­di­vid­ual growth.

Out of this at­mos­phere came sev­eral sto­ries of per­sonal and pro­fes­sional chal­lenges and tri­umphs. Ser­vice providers in­clud­ing so­cial work­ers, ed­u­car­ers, re­me­dial in­struc­tors, do­mes­tic staff, main­te­nance staff and a peace corps vol­un­teer shared their as­pi­ra­tions for the fu­ture of Saint Lu­cia’s vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

Min­is­ter Belrose noted that there’s a lot of work to be done to en­sure that the fa­cil­i­ties main­tain stan­dards, ad­here to pro­cesses, and that every­body on board in the in­sti­tu­tions un­der­stands clearly what they need to do.

She added “I think what we have found is a com­mit­ted group of peo­ple who are pre­pared to do what it takes to en­sure that the or­gan­i­sa­tions con­tinue to do well for our coun­try. I am heart­ened by that and will con­tinue to work with all of them to en­sure that we de­liver bet­ter so­cial ser­vices for our peo­ple.”

Min­is­ter Belrose on a tour of fa­cil­i­ties at the Boys Train­ing Cen­tre.

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