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The Caswell Franklyn Column – Failing Vulnerable Children

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

Caswell Franklyn, Head of Unity Workers Union

BU shares the Caswell Franklyn Nation newspaper column – he is the General Secretary of Unity Workers Union and BU Contributor.

NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE: Failing vulnerable children

After reading the remarks attributed to Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart,

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on the front page of the Daily Nation on September 14, I have finally come to a conclusion about statements issued by politicians at branch meetings. They should come with a warning that says these remarks are intended only to rally the party faithful and should not be relied upon.

Over the years, I have read many reports of speeches made at these meetings and have found that they usually lack specifics, and in most cases, they are poorly researched and or inaccurate. Unfortunately, the news media hang on to every word of politicians and faithfully and uncritically report what is said.

During an address to a recent DLP St James South branch meeting, The PM touched on the recent spate of child abuse cases that has been gripping the country. The reporter, Heather-Lynn Evanson, quoted him as saying: “We don’t make policy on the spot but if a Government can create a means by which abused women can access the services of a magistrate in three days, how much greater is the responsibility of any enlightened Government to ensure that abused children should be able to access some kind of intervention in as a short a time as possible”.

He then went on to mislead his audience and himself by suggesting that the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act was there only to protect women, by going on to say that it would be a cruel irony if after passing that act, “we thought, or could be accused of thinking, that the abuse of women was more serious and more important than the abuse of children“.

The PM is quite rightly disgusted by the reported upsurge in child abuse cases. However, I am afraid, from his words, that his administration might hastily move to pass unnecessary legislation to deal with the situation, rather than apply the existing laws which are more than adequate for the purpose.

In my view, new legislation is the wrong approach; it is simply a problem caused by lack of enforcement or probably misinterpretation of existing statutes, namely: the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act and the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act. The act dealing with protection orders where an abused woman can access the services of a magistrate in three days also applies to every member of a household that is capable of being abused or harassed, except the dog.

Sections 3 and 4 of the Domestic Violence (Protection Orders) Act are relevant but constraints of space would only allow me to quote Section 4.(1). It states:

An application for a protection order in accordance with Form 1 in the Schedule may be made by way of complaint by

(a) the spouse or former spouse of the person against whom the order is sought where the offence was committed or the harassment conducted against that  spouse or a child of the household;

(b) any member of the household, not being a spouse or child;

(c) the Commissioner of Police;

(d) with the leave of the court, a person other than a person mentioned in paragraph (a), as agent for a person to whom that paragraph applies; or (e) a child care officer or a welfare officer on behalf of a child against whom the offence was committed or the harassment conducted.

Also, the 1904 Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act allows the Police to take a child, who has been abused or believed to have been abused, to a place of safety. If I am to believe the stories of abuse of children that have been published in the media, I must conclude that such abuse could only have occurred as a result of failure of personnel of the Child Care Board to minimally do their duty. People might not expect a trade unionist to make such remarks but I believe that the welfare of our vulnerable children trumps protecting workers whose failure to perform their duty result in such catastrophic consequences.

Two children are dead and only God knows how many more scarred, psychologically and otherwise, for life thanks to a child care board in name only.

Caswell Franklyn is the general secretary of Unity Workers Union and a social commentator. Email caswellf@hotmail.com

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51 Comments on “The Caswell Franklyn Column – Failing Vulnerable Children”

  1. David September 20, 2015 at 4:50 AM #

    @Caswell

    Agree with you that these kinds of statements are directed at the party faithful to fill an agenda and should be dismissed in the same way the Prime Minister has done to the electorate when he made a promise to Barbadians in his post election victory speech.

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  2. pieceuhderockyeahright September 20, 2015 at 6:25 AM #

    @ Mr. Franklyn

    Having been in the bowels of the Party Faithful Assemblies over the years, you know, much better than uninitiated readers that the meetings at the constituency location are always attended by the neophytes and those who seek to ingratiate themselves (both terms also include the news media)

    For those of you who have never had (been subjected to) this (painful) experience I would ask you to imagine service at a Hollywood depiction of a black baptist church where, instead of the customary “can we have an amen”, there is a chorus of exaggerated exclamations by “actors” and supporters placed strategically throughout the audience, people coached to repeat single words, or sentences, echoes of the parliamentary representative, or hopeful, to rile those assembled into a frenzy of “worshipful adulation”

    Woe betide you if you are seated in the audience of neophytes and, on hearing one of the many misquotes, feel inclined to ask a question, seek clarification or in some fashion disagree with the ignorance being uttered, the glares you receive as necks jerk towards are enough to make you aware that, were it darker and peeple did not know where you were, you could easily suffer a Pele incident.

    Mr Caswell you should well know that when just one seat in parliament is all that is between you and your pension which Mr Blackman is indicating may not be too certain, that obvious inefficiencies of the relevant minister are absolutely responsible for these abuses of women and children, you know that Fumble and men of his ilk WILL NOT ROCK THE BOAT

    BREK FUH WUNNA SELVES!!

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  3. Bush Tea September 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM #

    Good article Caswell.
    Every other time a minister opens his or her mouth they talking some shiite about ‘bringing new legislation’…… when EVERYBODY knows that the current existing legislation is ignored and abused….and that Parris still walking bout and spending CLICO money as he like …while banking at the damn Central Bank….

    @ David
    Cuh dear … loose the picture with the suit nuh!
    Um got Caswell looking mock…🙂
    He is a shirtjac man…

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  4. David September 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM #

    A suit is the preferred dress of power brokers Bushie.

    The press conference held by Blackett appears to be nothing more than a PR move.

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  5. Bush Tea September 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM #

    @ David
    “A suit is the preferred dress of power brokers Bushie.”

    Exactly!
    …So hold that picture until he BUPS….🙂

    Blackett does read too sweet though….
    Shiite man, he does read so good that Bushie at first thought that he was talking sense.

    At least he could always go back and read the news when Sophia is unavailable…

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  6. ac September 20, 2015 at 9:20 AM #

    man i tell yuh. another shit lie sputter her by bush shit

    ….and that Parris still walking bout and spending CLICO money as he like …while banking at the damn Central Bank….

    did not the court freeze Parris assets
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    Every other time a minister opens his or her mouth they talking some shiite about ‘bringing new legislation’…… when EVERYBODY knows that the current existing legislation is ignored and abused

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    another sputtering of jobby coming from the mouth of the Brassbowl CEO,.bush shit..

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  7. David September 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    @ac

    The judgement against Parris did NOT freeze all of his assets. You need to do your research before making yourself appear ignorant. Your issue like many on BU is that you see red at the man and forget the issue.

    @Bush Tea

    The press conference as stated was a PR effort as did nothing to demonstrate how the minister plans to respond to a heavy case load.

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  8. Caswell Franklyn September 20, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

    David

    I agree that Blackett was on a PR move which shows that he does not understand his role. The important thing is not to save face but to protect the nation’s children. He should require his board to put some fire under the backsides of the people who consistently refused to do their duty.

    You can see how fast those officers spring into action when they are doing a favour for someone. I have seen them terrorise men because they are helping out the mother who is either a friend or the friend of some influential person. They go as far as to fabricate stories about the father to make him look like a monster. When they are concentrating their efforts to terrorise innocent fathers, children in distress are allowed to suffer because they have no time left to deal with real problems.

    I recall making a complaint to one of their officers. I was alone in the room with the officer and did not repeat the allegations outside of that room. Imagine my surprise a few days later when I got a letter from Steve Gollop, attorney-at-law, acting on behalf of the person who was the subject of my complaint. He was able to quote what I said to the officer. Of course, I was unfazed by the threat to sue me. I then call the Director and promised a beating to the particular officer if our paths ever crossed again. I haven’t seen her since and my anger has subsided. I understand that this officer was promoted.

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  9. David September 20, 2015 at 1:08 PM #

    @Caswell

    Agree with you there is scope for the CCB officers to work smart. We know they have open access to judges to secure court orders quickly. Like many state agencies there is a lethargy that has crept in to the work culture. We need a cleaning of house starting with Ken Knight.

    Ken Knight made part of his reputation as CEO of CLICO Proman. In the eyes of BU this dies little to recommend him for the job.

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  10. ac September 20, 2015 at 1:50 PM #

    Bush shit made a generalize comment and i replied accordingly,

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  11. David September 20, 2015 at 1:54 PM #

    Thine hignorance knows no bounds.

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  12. ac September 20, 2015 at 1:56 PM #

    really do not understand most here on BU thought process , a statement from blackett adds up to a PR job. Well then what is he supposed to say, other than weighed in on the enhancement of legislation coupled by more financing for the CCB. it is a matter of rationality and not more talking points ,

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  13. Caswell Franklyn September 20, 2015 at 1:59 PM #

    David

    There is no need to have quick access to any judicial officer. The Police can remove a child from the environment on mere suspicion and take the child to a place of safety, usually a Child Care Board facility, for up to 28 days while investigations are being carried out before going to a magistrate.

    Sent from my iPad

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  14. Caswell Franklyn September 20, 2015 at 2:06 PM #

    Children are not removed from dangerous environments because the Child Care Board does not have the money to feed them. Let the Minister address that reality.

    Sent from my iPad

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  15. David September 20, 2015 at 2:11 PM #

    Let is breakout the Blackett Plan as reported by Barbados Today:

    The Blackett plan

    Minister reveals proposal for more effective child protection agency

    Added by Emmanuel Joseph on September 19, 2015.

    Saved under Local News

    Prompted by the recent deaths of two children whose alleged abuse cases were being handled by the Child Care Board (CCB) and strong public criticism of the board’s response, the minister responsible for the agency this afternoon announced a plan of action to handle future reports more efficiently and effectively.

    Flanked by CCB chairman Ken Knight, Director Joan Crawford and other members of the board, Minister of Social Care Steve Blackett told a press conference at his Warrens Office Complex that one measure already introduced was a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the state agency and the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) to ensure efficient and effective responses to reports of child abuse. “Some of the provisions of this draft MOU are that child care officers are to be trained in investigative interviewing by the police department and police officers are to be trained in the techniques of interviewing children by the professionals at CCB,” Blackett disclosed. He said this training would be conducted periodically with the aim of enhancing the interviewing skills of both groups.

    After all these years of rampant child abuse there is the light bulb moment that training is required? It begs the question has training not been ongoing? Has the CCB Board asked for training and it was rejected by the minister and or Police? Tell us more Minister! [BU]

    Blackett said the plan also calls for police officers from the Sex Crimes and Trafficking Unit “or other assigned police officers” to accompany child care officers when they conduct interviews about child abuse.

    Minister what the hell was the protocol before this MOU? Or was this included in the MOU to flesh it out! [BU]

    He added that the MOU requires all suspected sexual and physical child abuse cases to be reported to the police by the child protection agency before the close of the workday on which the referral was made to the board.

    Minister any plan to amend the legislation to make it mandatory to report cases of abuse? [BU]

    “And the CCB has undertaken a comprehensive review of the information management system of the agency and is expediting a substantial upgrade of that system,” added Blackett.

    Minister how can you infer address an upgrade before the review process has been undertaken? Tell us more. [BU]

    The minister said following the suicide of 12-year-old Shamar Weekes of Checker Hall, St Lucy who neighbours claimed had been abused, the board appointed “a specially constituted committee” to review internal protection procedures, including the case management information system. He said that part of its mandate is to recommend updated protocols which are better suited to the operations of the agency in the prevailing social conditions of Barbados. The Ministry, he added, has also held discussions with representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) with a view to obtaining assistance for the board. “My ministry subsequently accepted a proposal from UNICEF for that organization to provide short-term institutional strengthening assistance to the Child Care Board.” He said he was also reviewing proposals from an emerging non-governmental organization (NGO) headed by former juvenile court magistrate Faith Marshall-Harris aimed at providing a safety network for Barbadian children.

    “That organization will bring together doctors, legal experts, criminologists, social workers and advocates, counsellors, psychologists and religious leaders for direct community level intervention, and to lend expertise to officials in key areas,” stated Blackett. He also proposed the development of a comprehensive Child Protection Policy for Barbados, working with the best minds in and outside of Cabinet to develop a new policy, structure and legislative framework. “It should also realize a refocusing and rebalancing of the Child Care Board’s programming towards more strategic emphasis on prevention, as opposed to the overwhelming focus on responding to actual maltreatment of children.” Blackett said the Child Protection Policy would make a significant difference to children, helping identify those most at risk of abuse and neglect so authorities could act early. He expressed concern that the needs of the community were no longer being adequately met by existing legislation and therefore, as a matter of urgency, his Ministry would undertake a review of all legislation related to child protection with a view to drafting a comprehensive Children’s Act. He acknowledged that the current practice of removing children from homes only when there were clear cases of abuse was no longer working. Blackett stressed that while counselling with the cooperation of parents and guardians and keeping children in family care had been effective in the past, this general approach had outlived its usefulness. “It is very clear as underscored by these recent cases that societal conditions in Barbados have changed radically and dramatically over the last ten years and there is need for the agency to adopt new protocols in handling investigation of cases of alleged child abuse and neglect.” He said that there was no comprehensive or consolidated Children’s Act in Barbadian law at the moment and no legal requirement to report incidences of child abuse to authorities.

    “The Government of Barbados and my ministry will do everything we can to allow the full review of the child protection process and will do nothing to jeopardize those aims, and wherever institutions and individuals have failed to protect children from harm, we will expose those failures and take the appropriate corrective action.”

    Fluff! [BU]

    The Child Care Board has said it lacked the resources to handle the number of cases that come before it.

    The government, the Central Bank and other agencies can find hundreds of thousands of dollars including Blackett’s ministry to fund David Thompson football but to protect our children we cant find money? [BU]

    In an interview with Barbados TODAY on July 9 Knight said the agency employed seven child care officers, half the number needed in order to be effective.

    “What we are currently looking at, we do require as a matter of urgency – and we have addressed this with the Minister [of Social Care] and we are working on it – that there is a need to actually double up the staff at the Child Care Board as it relates to handling reports of child abuse,” he said at the time.

    Blackett addressed the matter at today’s news conference, but said Government did not have the money to hire new staff.

    “Government did not have the money to hïre new staff” –

    ENUFF SAID![BU]

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  16. Bush Tea September 20, 2015 at 3:04 PM #

    Ok David he was talking shiite…
    But check it out…
    …he talked about ‘specially constituted committees’ with ‘mandates’ and ‘protocols’ …. about “bringing together doctors, legal experts, criminologists, social workers and advocates, counsellors, psychologists and religious leaders for direct community level intervention…”

    Talk bout sweet talk…!?
    You compare that with Stinkliar the other night pon TV talking bout changing the tax system…?
    Boss… um was only when Bushie actually tried to process the THOUGHTS presented that the bushman realised that um was shiite… shut yuh eyes and hold yuh nose and he would have gotten away with appearance of doing something.

    Basically he has the same problem as the Hospital, Authority, MTW, the Police, and most other government departments…. No more damn money to squander… after Stinkliar gave it all to his pals ….

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  17. Caswell Franklyn September 20, 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    David

    The CCB has more laws available to it to protect children than it requires. The problem is the character of those employed to do the job. We have situations where adults impregnate minors and the CCB only arrange for maintenance of the baby rather than putting the father’s donkey in jail.

    Also, let them deny that a senior trade unionist had sex with two of his in laws, who were minors, and DLP operatives, CCB and the Court conspired to let him off. The case was adjourned sine die.

    In the practice of the CCB they are some children that are just not worthy of protection.

    Check sections 7 and 10 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Act and you would would be able to determine that there is gross negligence in the operation of the CCB.

    If you do not have a copy, I can forward it to you.

    Sent from my iPad

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  18. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 3:53 PM #

    Caswell Frankley

    Can you kindly elaborate on what is meant by an abused woman can access the services of a magistrate in three days.

    Since you seem to believe that there is any need of improvement of the existing domestic abused laws in Barbados.

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  19. ac September 20, 2015 at 4:10 PM #

    All kinds of questions would be asked some of which would be politically motivated ,However in order to avoid a recurrence of cases of such magnitude the fundamentals involve massive resources dilligence from family and a higher community involvement for proper and swift resolution

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  20. ac September 20, 2015 at 4:24 PM #

    A read pf the ACT.. the ACT is very vague and inexplicably in details, horribly stops short of meaningful or conclusive direction to authority

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  21. mitchlans September 20, 2015 at 5:38 PM #

    Quote from the “Blackett Plan”:

    “police officers are to be trained in the techniques of interviewing children by the professionals at CCB”

    They have got to be fcking mekkin sport! The cleaners at CCB would probably do a better job of training the police. The “professionals” at CCB are obviously amateurs and of course there is no need for them to go overseas and get REAL training, or bring someone in to train them for six months, because they already KNOW how to do the job, as proven by their outstanding successes in the last few months.

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  22. Fractured BLP September 20, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    Well David

    You have another political campaign to fight on behalf of the BLP.

    Ryan Straughn has finally signal his intention to battle ….me…..for my Christ Church seat.

    So from now on when Mr. Straughn comes to your BU site……do not any longer refer to him as an ‘independent’ Economist.

    Dr.Clyde Mascoll’s clone ……would be more appropiate!

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  23. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 5:44 PM #

    Caswell Frankley

    Is of the opinion that the existing Abuse and Neglect laws in Barbados are in no need of improvement because their are not properly enforced, but yet there is a failure in his article to address the psychological intervention of the abused and the abuser. This one of the important criterion in the fight to eradicate this moral evil from modern day society.

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  24. David September 20, 2015 at 5:47 PM #

    @Fractured BLP

    It is good to see a YOUNG person throwing their hat in the ring. So far BU is not impressed with Joe Atherley, Ralph Thorne and possibly Jerome switching to West.

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  25. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 5:53 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn, I might have misspelled your last name and I do ask of your forgiveness, however contrary to popular belief, abuse comes in several forms such as:

    1) Physical abuse
    2) Sexual abuse
    3) psychological
    4) Emotional abuse
    5) Financial abuse

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  26. mitchlans September 20, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

    Fractured BLP September 20, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    “Dr.Clyde Mascoll’s clone ……would be more appropriate” (to refer to Ryan Straughn)

    Er, no. “Someone who speaks out and actually knows what he is talking about” would be appropriate. Something the current Administration line up can only dream about.

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  27. David September 20, 2015 at 5:56 PM #

    @Dompey

    Will write this slowly. The issue is not the kind of abuse but the alacrity of the CCB and the system to RESPOND!

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  28. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 6:01 PM #

    David, be careful because Joe Atherley is a very very good friend of mine, and only because we grew up togther, but I dislike his politics.

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  29. Fractured BLP September 20, 2015 at 6:55 PM #

    David

    You point of view is acknowledged.

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  30. Smooth Chocolate September 20, 2015 at 6:57 PM #

    what is lacking in Barbados, government agencies in particular is a failure to take responsibility for the failures of their departments. if these incidents had transpired in some metropolitan country, the heads of those agencies would have voluntary resigned. the CCB failed those 2 children who have died and they have failed those 3 children that the dad rescued. why is the Director still sitting at her desk? steve blackett souned like a complete moron last night, when he had the audacity to tell of the year long complaints the child care board received about the 3 kids, he read it a if he was a reporter giving background info. never once did he say anything about the officers acting upon those reports. it was disgusting listening to that clown. at the end of his speech, i was listening to hear that the Director had resigned or he had taken these incidents seriously enough to ask that officers involved hand in their resignation or something to that effect. what will happen as usual is that NOTHING will happen and another child will be abused with no one coming to rescue them.

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  31. Fractured BLP September 20, 2015 at 6:58 PM #

    ‘Your’

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  32. Bush Tea September 20, 2015 at 7:43 PM #

    But Smooth, can you imagine what would happen if we started a trend of Bajans public servants resigning because of incompetence…?
    Shiite then….
    We have already had that in tourism, retail, utilities, banking and sugar …with these being largely handed over to foreigners due to Bajan incompetence.

    Looks like we are well on our way back to colonisation….

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  33. DR LOVE September 20, 2015 at 8:07 PM #

    Yes bushie
    Your Colon should be cleansed by a large pineapple attached to a long sharp stick.
    Pain is known to sharpen the mind .
    PUBLIC SERVANTS LOL
    MORE LIKE DILITANT HANGERS ON AND TOTAL WANKERS.
    You live on NEVER NEVER LAND.
    NEVER ANY CHANGE, NEVER ANY DIFFERENT
    LIKE never as in NEVER.
    Change the Government,, same shit different toilet paper..
    You have your sense of directi on wrong.
    You ent gine back , Down is the direction

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  34. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 8:26 PM #

    Bush Tea

    You could shut yah mout do because I have yet to see David post an article written by any member of the opposition, specificially detailing where and how this government is failing and plans to address these areas of concern.

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  35. Dompey September 20, 2015 at 9:12 PM #

    Bush Tea

    Wunnah full yah shit though… can’t even rally the collective awareness of the young people of Barbados who ought to be easily persuaded, and wunnah really believe that is possible to feed intelligent people wunnah bull.

    Bush Tea, it doesn’t add up because had there been a widespread incompentency on the part of the Stuart administration we would have seen a greater reaction from the people, as well as the opposition.

    But all I have heard for the past few years now is a group of sore losers who are unable to come to terms with the reality of their defeat, so like the sore losers their blame every Tom, Dick and Harry.

    First their casted the blame on the Westminster-system of governance; then it was the academic system; then it was the gullibility of the electorate; then it was the incompentency of the DLP membership; then it was the corruptive nature of the political-process etc.

    But the funny thing about Bush Tea, and his crew is the fact their have failed miserably to turn the flood-lights inner, and examine and re-examine the effectiveness of their last message and why it failed so miserably to aroused the collective awareness of the Barbadian electorate.

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  36. Simple Simon September 20, 2015 at 10:27 PM #

    @David September 20, 2015 at 8:42 AM “A suit is the preferred dress of power brokers”

    Dear David:

    Why do power brokers feel the need to wear a suit when the temperature is 33 degrees celsius and the humidity is 98% at 10 in the morning. (Please note that I am not including Caswell in the insecure brigade)

    Is it for the same reason that women wear mock waist length hair in this heat and humidity?

    :LOL!!!!

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  37. Simple Simon September 20, 2015 at 10:37 PM #

    I read Caswell’s article in today’s Sunday Sun. A very well reasoned article. I am embarrassed that the PM seems to that there is a need for new laws when there are perfectly good laws that are not being applied.

    I wonder if our lawyer/politicians think that every problem can be solved by passing a new law.

    Do you think that it is because they are lawyers?

    It would have been better if the PM has used the time to teach the party faithful that there are perfectly good laws on the books, and if he had instructed his AG to order in the police to enforce the laws, and if he had ordered his Minister responsible for the Child Care Board to order that the Child Care Board to follow the law.

    And it should not matter if any of the suspects in the recent child abuse incidents/deaths is a close relative of a pope, prince, priest or politician.

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  38. Simple Simon September 20, 2015 at 11:05 PM #

    @stated Blackett “That organization will bring together doctors, legal experts, criminologists, social workers and advocates, counsellors, psychologists and religious leaders for direct community level intervention, and to lend expertise to officials in key areas,” stated Blackett.”

    It would be helpful if successful foster and or adoptive parents were also invited to add their expertise. They have actual real world Bajan expertise is successfully raising children not born to them. Children who have been raised in children’;s homes, in foster homes and in adoptive homes should also be included in this group of experts. They know. Only such people have LIVED THE REALITY.

    It is not surprising though [although it should be] that the Minister did not include successful foster and adoptive parents and grown children in this group of “experts” as this group as people do not consider parenting to be real work, and seem not to understand that successful parents have much to teach the expert “doctors, legal experts, criminologists, social workers and advocates, counsellors, psychologists and religious leaders” some of whom may NEVER have raised a child, including not raising their own children.

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  39. Simple Simon September 20, 2015 at 11:23 PM #

    @ Blkackett? “What we are currently looking at, we do require as a matter of urgency – and we have addressed this with the Minister [of Social Care] and we are working on it – that there is a need to actually double up the staff at the Child Care Board as it relates to handling reports of child abuse,” he said at the time. Blackett addressed the matter at today’s news conference, but said Government did not have the money to hire new staff.
    “Government did not have the money to hïre new staff” –

    II suggest that tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. we fire half of the Cabinet Ministers and iimmediately hire not 7 more social workers but as many more as can be hired by the combined salaries of the fired Ministers. Our Ministers real real bright so they will certainly have no difficulty finding new work where they can earn the same or more money as what they currently enjoy.

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  40. balance September 21, 2015 at 4:56 AM #

    “Fractured BLP September 20, 2015 at 5:43 PM #

    Well David

    You have another political campaign to fight on behalf of the BLP.

    Ryan Straughn has finally signal his intention to battle ….me…..for my Christ Church seat.

    So from now on when Mr. Straughn comes to your BU site……do not any longer refer to him as an ‘independent’ Economist.”

    Nothing new if the present career paths of Maxine Mclean; Harry Husbands ; Tony Marshall to name a few are brought into focus

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  41. Dompey September 21, 2015 at 6:00 AM #

    How does one go about train a law enforcement officer to interview a child or children to investigate claims or signs of abuse and neglect; isn’t that the job of the Child Care Board social-worker/professionals who ought to be educated in the area of child-psychology?

    All a police officer needs is probable cause to suspect that a child is being abuse or neglect, and he or she can then put that child into protective custody, until the Child Care Board the agency charged with the responsibility, does its own investigation to determine the facts and upon determining those facts turn them over to police. And then the police will conduct their own investigation to substantiate the CCB findings in order to file criminal charges if need be.

    Now, the idea that there is a need to train police in investigative techniques to interview children who may have been or are suspected of being abused or neglected leads me to ask the question: who was advocating for the children seeing that CCB was /is understaffed, and the police who are supposed to be the first line of defence lacks the necessary training to recognized the signs of abuse and neglect?

    And yet we have Mr. Caswell Franklyn, an expert on jurisprudence seems to concluded that there isn’t any need of improvement regarding the existing laws on abuse and neglect of children in Barbados because based on his qualified and professional opinion the laws are not properly enforced.

    Caswell, it amazes me to see how some of you all Barbadians employs your unqualified opinion to render counsel on issues which requires a qualified opinion.

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  42. Simple Simon September 21, 2015 at 11:03 PM #

    Policemen/women won’t know how to interview a child unless taught. Interviewing a child is much different from interviewing an adult. And yes interviewing techniques can be taught/learnt. I once witnessed a policeman trying to interview a child who had been left behind in the schoolyard until dark. An oversight. Each parent thought that the other had picked him up. The policeman approached in his usual large and in charge policeman fashion, stood tall over the child and began to question the suspect, sorry I mean the child. and the little boy just froze in terror and became silent. He just wouldn’t talk, A mother approached the child, stooped to the child’s level level, spoke to him gently and was quickly able to find out the names of his parents etc.

    And yes social workers can also be taught to interview a child in such a way that the evidence stands up to cross examination in court. Policemen know how to do this and can teach social workers.

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  43. David September 23, 2015 at 10:31 AM #

    The Police is reported to be investigating another child incident. We are not sure yet what happened, let us be vigilant.

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  44. ac September 27, 2015 at 7:51 AM #

    Hike on child abuse cases reported by family and neighbors which includes corporal punishment as abuse
    Which further stresses the point for clear and precise legislation to address the issue

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  45. Donna September 27, 2015 at 8:56 AM #

    I have one thing to say only. They will find the money to spend now on social workers or they will spend the money at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the Psychiatric Hospital to repair the damage done to these children if they stay alive. Early intervention is cheaper.

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  46. Dompey September 27, 2015 at 9:50 AM #

    AC

    I hear and understand what you’re aiming to convey here, and probably a case can be made for the law to be made more conspicuous if in fact it is inconspicicuos from your perspective.

    However, when it comes to the Safety, Security and Well-Being of any child, I would prefer that we err on the side of caution regarding family and neighbours calling in a case of abuse that is centered around the corporal punishment of a child.

    We have to blame this call of abuse was made without malice ( which is the case sometimes), but in the interest of the child’s Safety, Security and Well-being.

    And that those persons who made such calls should be protect by law and from legal-recourse or criminal prosecution by what is called here in America the Good Samaritan law, if such abuse cannot be substantiated neither corroborated.

    Now if there is evidence to believe that such call was made with the fore-thought or malice, then such persons open up themselves to criminal prosecution and punitive damages.

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  47. Dompey September 27, 2015 at 10:38 AM #

    David

    Would you defind my contribution on this topic as nonsense? Then if so, it is best that I inform you that I am employed by the state government in Social Services Department, and I am charged with the responsibility through state statute, to report instances of suspected child abuse and neglect.

    AC
    Now the criminal code is predicated upon the three fundamental principles of jurisprudency: Reward, Blame and Punishment, and the federal statutes which supersedes state statutes mandates that if any adult is convicted of child abused or neglected whether it be of a sexual, emotional, psychological or financial nature, he or she loses the privilege to work in any capacity with children, and the right to bear arms or work in any capacity of law enforcement or the military.

    So the Child Abuse and Neglect Laws in Barbados obviously needs to be revisited if you think that they are not properly enforced or are weak on the concept of deterrent.

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  48. Dompey September 27, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Sorry AC the should be jurisprudence … typing to quickly…!

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  49. Dompey September 27, 2015 at 10:58 AM #

    David, truth crashed to the earth should rise again; those were the theological and somewhat philosophical words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr sir.

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  50. ac October 2, 2015 at 7:50 PM #

    Caswell Franklyn how are things going at the Tribunal. ac was looking forward to a report coming from you
    i noticed that Hal gallop hit a couple of sixes , but the best six was the one in which he got Dennis Clarke to conceded that the first in last out was subjected to change to accomodate

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