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The need to protect children should
not only become a cause for con-
cern by society but more so by the Gov-
ernment, when there is the public expo-
sure of extreme brutality to a child.
Every day in many communities across
the country there are children who suffer
deprivation and abuse without hope of
relief. In addition, the social workers who
have to interact with them are at times
without the resources, laws and systems
to make a difference.
At times children are placed in a
"home" that some individual or organisa-
tion has established. Usually the operators
are well-intentioned but they are not
always equipped with the best methods
for dealing with the child. The question
then needs to be answered, who is moni-
toring these homes that are providing
"services" to the nation s future?
The Minister of Gender, Youth and
Child Development stated that there is
the promise to address child abuse in
children s homes. This statement was
received with great optimism.
However, at present there is no govern-
ment institution actively safeguarding
children and the State holds the primary
responsibility to do this when children are
neglected and abused.
According to the Strategic Plan 2012-
2014, the mission of the Children s
Authority of T&T is "to be a child-cen-
tred, family-focused organisation, advo-
cating for the rights of children and
working collaboratively to provide early
intervention for children in need of care
and protection, ensuring that they are
nurtured, protected, supported and
There are several pieces of legislation
that need to be implemented and be
given urgent priority so that those who
are responsible are provided with the legal
support to take a more proactive approach
to the protection of children.
The administrative and social systems
must be put in place to protect children
and to provide all parties with resources
to make early interventions in the lives of
our children, thereby ensuring that the
next generation of children are better pro-
tected than the present.
The work has started with the writing
of the laws dating back to 2000. Those
laws have to be proclaimed and enacted,
regulations have to be written, trained
staff and adequate funds must be provid-
ed.Budget Day is September 9 and it is
sincerely hoped that the Children s
Authority will be given urgent attention,
as the nation s future depends on it. Are
we as citizens and especially policymakers
waiting for another child to be abused to
take action? What is more important than
our children right now?
Several stakeholders have an interest in
the package of children s legislation.
These include families with small chil-
dren, parents organisations, PTAs and
single fathers, operators of children s
homes, day care centres and nurseries,
teachers, the police, every caring citizen
and all social workers.
Policymakers need to serve this signifi-
cant sector of the population by placing
the relevant legislation on the agenda and
providing funding in the next national
The following pieces of legislation
require the immediate attention of the
government and should as a matter of
urgency be proclaimed and enacted:
1. Children s Authority Act , 2000
2. Children s Community Residences, Fos-
ter Homes and Nurseries Act, 2000
3. Adoption of Children Act, 2000
4. International Child Abduction Act,
2008 and International Child Abduc-
tion Regulations, 2009
5. Family Court Bill
6. Children Bill
7. Status of the Children (Amendment)
Are we as a nation ready to put children
GOVT NEEDS TO DO MORE
TO PROTECT CHILDREN
V ROACH, PRO
T&T Association of Social Workers
It's Your Write
Cable cars a good idea
The "cable cars for Laventille" concept is an
idea worth pursuing, but not for the tourism-
related reasons stressed in the press reports.
One of the key problems for many people
living in Laventille is transport and the dan-
gers associated with travelling outside of their
immediate community using the existing
available transport systems. This constrains
people from being able to move freely, safely
and cheaply and to access jobs and services in
Port-of-Spain and elsewhere in Trinidad. There
are very few services available within Laven-
tille and accessing simple services, like banks
or educational institutions, is often a chal-
A public mass-transit system is needed to
help with access to opportunities and access
to services. Narrow winding roads and steep
hills are a challenge for traditional mass tran-
sit. While the East Port-of-Spain Development
Company strategic plans stress widening and
improving the road network, alternative trans-
port systems, such as cable cars, are worth
This same approach has been tried in vari-
ous Latin American cities with some success.
In Rio de Janeiro they have used cable cars to
link the favelas to the city centre, while in
Medellin they have installed long-distance es-
calators to link poor hillside communities.
Both of these projects are held up as suc-
cess stories. They were not built as tourist at-
tractions but they have helped bring visitors
to these communities.
Let us not dismiss an idea just because it is
different and new.
Ban pitbulls outright
Perhaps the pitbull breed should be banned
The latest mauling of an 84-year-old grand-
mother is a sobering reminder of the tempera-
ment of this breed of dog.
Those who already have this breed as a pet
should have them neutered. Dog breeders and
trainers could look to another breed to make a
living. One death is one too many and no
amount of legislation could prevent an "acci-
dent" from happening in the future. There are
many other breeds in T&T which can serve as
Legislative recourse, after the fact, cannot
bring a person back to life. There were too
many incidents in the past where the pitbull
has mauled or killed someone, the majority of
whom were not bandits or members of gangs
out on a hit. In fact there doesn't seem to be
any criminal element on that list of injured or
Legislation to coerce citizens into responsi-
ble ownership may help. However, banning will
Use T20 as
What, in the finality, is the principal reason
for engaging in sporting activities? Is it not to
provide enjoyment for spectators?
After viewing almost all fixtures in the T20
Caribbean (Cricket) Professional League
(CPL), I can say that this criterion was satis-
fied completely. The excitement accorded to
spectators and, indeed, all viewers, was hilari-
ous and, more often than not, nail-biting.
I recall our Michael Holding saying that this
very shortened edition of the game of cricket
was "not cricket" as neither mastery in stroke-
play nor skill in bowling was being exhibited.
To this assertion I had readily concurred,
having looked at matches in the Indian Profes-
sional League and, to some extent, those at
the English county level. These matches are
characterised by indiscriminate "vooping" and
an abundance of boundaries.
Not so with the CPL, the reasons for which
I am not able to comprehend.
Is this to be found in the rules at the CPL
games which, while being shorter than the or-
thodox version, was nevertheless charac-
terised, for example, by difference in
field---such that players were encouraged to
engage in stroke-play and skilful bowling, so
much so that a score of 150 could have been
considered a winning total?
Perhaps the professionals and scribes of
the game could provide answers.
Now that the CPL has shown itself to be a
feasible proposition, is it not possible to em-
ploy the T20 format as a "community binder"
throughout participating countries? For exam-
ple, what of Sunday afternoon matches be-
tween villages, say? Thus, for example, cannot
the various sections in the Trincity area such
as Samaan Gardens, Beaulieu, Montague,
Castleton etc set up their own individual
cricket teams and play Sunday afternoon T20
cricket at the nearby Eddie Hart Savannah?
Over to the Ministries of Sport and Com-
Errol OC Cupid
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