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for MAY 04TH, 2015
KALIFA CLYNE and
The Children s Authority has
adequate staff, an assessment
centre, trained professionals
and a new board but cannot
function because of a delay in
proclamation of the necessary
Yesterday, eight people
received instruments of appoint-
ment to serve on the board but
chairman Stephanie Daly said
the authority was still waiting
on proclamation of legislation.
The legislation, however, is
not at the Office of the President
but instead with the Child Pro-
tection Task Force which was
set up by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar in 2013 follow-
ing the murder of six-year-old
Cumberbatch was killed and
stuffed in a shipping barrel at
her Maloney Gardens, D Abadie,
home. Her step-father, Dwayne
Lewis, was charged for the
The task force was established
and given the responsibility to
review all existing policies, leg-
islation and protocols in place
to protect children.
In January, Minister of Gen-
der, Child and Youth Develop-
ment Clifton De Coteau moved
a motion asking the Senate to
approve the Foster Care Regu-
lations, 2014, the Children s
Authority Regulations, 2014, and
the Children s Community Res-
idences Regulations, 2014.
The Adoption Bill was passed
in the Senate last month.
officer at the Office of the Pres-
ident, Theron Boodan said the
legislation was not at the Office
of the President.
"The Office of the President
is not delaying the Act. The bill
has to come back to the Office
of the President after being
reviewed by the Children s Task
Force," said Boodan.
Chairman of the task force,
Diana Mahabir-Wyatt did not
answer several calls to her mobile
"We have a vibrant and strong
authority growing by the minute.
The key issue, though, is procla-
mation. It is really important that
we start up with proclamation.
We don t want to lose the cred-
ibility with the public," said Daly.
De Coteau said yesterday the
authority should never be per-
ceived as "a toothless tiger or an
He told the board members
they must contribute to a society
New board appointed but...
The term of the last board,
which was appointed in March
2010, expired over a week ago.
The only returning members
are Daly, Dr Joanne Paul and
Reaaz Dabiedeen. Daly was
reappointed yesterday as
Former members, including
social worker, Gregory Sloane-
Seale, were replaced.
of the authority
Anna Maria Mora.
Dr Derek Forrester.
Gender, Youth and Child Development Minister Clifton De Coteau, third from right, congratulates reappointed chairman
of the Children's Authority board, Stephanie Daly, following yesterday's installation ceremony at the ministry's office
Tower D, Waterfront Complex, Port-of-Spain. Looking on, from left, are board members Shannen-Marie Russell, Vidya
Rampersad, Sharifa Ali-Abdullah, Reaaz Dabiedeen, Dhanesh Maraj and Angela Iloo. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
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"The Government has been work-
ing to ensure the operationalisation
of the authority and today (yesterday)
is another pivotal step in having it
fully functional," he said.
De Coteau told the board once the
necessary laws were proclaimed they
would be facing very hard work.
He said the 2011 national census
reported that children 17 years and
younger accounted for 25 per cent
of the population, amounting to just
over 332,000 citizens.
"This translates into a quarter of
the population needing special care
and attention. Whatever affects this
group will determine what the future
of our country looks like," he said.
One of the authority s major proj-
ects, the country s first assessment
centre should be ready in September,
the minister said.
The centre at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex would
provide a safe location to assess chil-
dren in need of protection.
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