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Director of Policy, Planning and Evaluation at the Child Development Agency (CDA), Audrey Budhi, has said that all boys detained during the Joint Police/Military Operation in Western Kingston have been reintegrated into their communities.
According to Ms. Budhi, after the minors were debriefed and counselled by CDA officers, they were reunited with family members. In some cases they were taken directly from the detention centres by the police to their respective communities.
She told JIS News that the CDA will be making contact with the children who were affected by the operation, especially those sitting exams, to provide them with psycho social support. She also revealed that the CDA will be working with the Guidance and Counselling Unit of the Ministry of Education to discuss crisis intervention strategies.
A multi-sectoral meeting involving the CDA, Victim Support Unit, Children’s Registry and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among others, is planned for Monday May 31. The entities will utilise the meeting to develop a comprehensive programme to respond to the needs of the children affected by the operation.