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  • Minister Hanna has demanded explanations from the CDA in light of reports surrounding the unauthorised sexual education programme being implemented by JFJ in six privately-operated children’s homes.
  • The CDA reported last week that it only became aware of the initiative through a newsletter issued by the JFJ recently.
  • Minister Hanna demanded a report on the circumstances which led to the programme being implemented for eight or nine months without the Agency’s knowledge.

The Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, has demanded explanations from the Child Development Agency (CDA) in light of reports surrounding the unauthorised sexual education programme being implemented by Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) in six privately-operated children’s homes.

The CDA, which has responsibility for the regulation of children’s homes and places of safety, reported last week that it only became aware of the initiative through a newsletter issued by the JFJ recently.

In a letter to the CEO of the CDA, Mrs. Rosalee Gage-Grey, last week, Minister Hanna demanded a report on the circumstances which led to the programme being implemented for eight or nine months without the Agency’s knowledge and the suitability of the material for the children.

Minister Hanna emphasised that responsibility for the safety, well being and protection of children included ensuring that they are exposed only to age-appropriate information in their best interests as well as material and information which are consistent with regulations governing the care of wards of the State and Jamaican laws.

Initial reports to the Minister suggested that the content and material used in the sexual education programme may not have been age-appropriate.  Minister Hanna said if that were correct, it would be a severe breach of the operating guidelines for children’s homes upon which licenses were granted.

The Minister has already received the names of the homes that are implementing the programme and will report to the public on the findings of the CDA.