Youth State Minister Discusses Way Forward for OCR

Photo: Mark Bell State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (right), is greeted by Registrar of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), Greig Smith, at a briefing session he held with the OCR management and staff, on March 16, at the Alpha Boys Home, on South Camp Road, in Kingston.

Story Highlights

  • State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, met with the management and staff of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), yesterday (March 16), to discuss the way forward for the agency.
  • The State Minister told JIS News that the Ministry is committed to assisting in the continued success of this campaign.
  • Data supplied by the OCR reveal that the number of reports received by the agency has increased significantly, moving from 455 in 2007 to 11,749 in 2014.

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, met with the management and staff of the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR), yesterday (March 16),  to discuss the way forward for the agency.

The interactive session was held at the Alpha Boys’ Home on South Camp Road, in Kingston.

In his address, Mr. Green said the Ministry will be restructuring several programmes, in an effort to streamline the activities of affiliated agencies and prevent duplication of activities, to ensure efficiency.

He  commended the OCR for the successes in several child protection initiatives, and advised  that programmes that have proven to be successful, will be continued. These include  the ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign and the ‘Ananda Alert’ system.

Mr. Green had special praise for  the ‘Breaking the Silence’ campaign, which is aimed at encouraging members of the public to report suspected child abuse cases to the agency.

The State Minister told JIS News that the Ministry is committed to assisting in the continued success of this campaign.

“I pledge our support as a Ministry, to help them strengthen that campaign and to help them expand it. We will use our influence to help to shape and change this culture (of silence) and get us to the stage where it is unacceptable to know about incidents of child abuse and not report it. This is something that we are going to be very strong on,” he emphasised.

Data supplied by the OCR reveal that the number of reports received by the agency has increased significantly, moving from  455 in 2007 to  11,749 in 2014.

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