Protecting our Children
The Children Law (2012 Revision) and its accompanying Regulations seek to protect children, their well-being and their individual rights.
The Department of Children and Family Services together with the Ministry of Community Affairs, Gender and Housing along with other stakeholders and agencies, have worked hard to ensure the Law's capability to meet these needs.
The Law came in to effect on 1st July, 2012. The basic premise of the Law and its Regulations is that the best interest of the child is of paramount importance. It therefore provides the legal framework for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Constitution Order, 2009 Bill of Rights, Freedoms and Responsibilities by covering the scope of child protection, the welfare of the child and parental responsibility
The Regulations provide guidelines for: the approval and monitoring of children's homes; foster homes; the management of emergency protection of children from all forms of child abuse; the provision of secure accommodation for children; parental and guardian responsibility is maintained; and that complaints made by or on behalf of a child are addressed.
Minister responsible for Community Affairs, Hon. Dwayne Seymour explains, "With this new legislation in place, not only will it improve the level of protection for children, but it will also correct any unfair practices and close loopholes. Through this, we will all recognize the value of our children as we work towards building a stronger community."
Urging people and families to become familiar with the document, Children and Family Services Director Alicia (Jen) Dixon adds, "Protection of our children should be a priority in everything that we do, their welfare is at all times of the most paramount importance. I am confident that this legislation will serve as a robust regulatory regime ensuring the welfare and protection of our children.in the Cayman Islands."
As a result of the changes, the Department will also be providing training to social workers and other key personnel, so these persons can serve as advocates in protecting Cayman's children.
A copy of the Law and its Regulations can be found online at www.mcagh.gov.ky. For more information, contact the Department of Children and Family Services at 949-0690.
For further information contact: Yvette Cacho