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  • The OCR recently concluded a study tour in Toronto, Canada, aimed at improving its service delivery in dealing with reports of missing and abused children.
  • Some benefits expected to be derived from the tour include developing protocols and strategies for dealing with missing children.
  • The Registrar lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for sponsoring the tour in Canada.

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) recently concluded a study tour in Toronto, Canada, aimed at improving its service delivery in dealing with reports of missing and abused children.

“Some benefits expected to be derived from the tour include developing protocols and strategies for dealing with missing children, and strengthening public education activities in dealing with missing and abused children,” Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, has outlined.

Speaking at the OCR’s seventh anniversary church service on January 19, held at the Bethel United Church, 20 South Camp Road, in Kingston, Mr. Smith added that another benefit would be improvement of the data collection, data processing and storage systems at the Registry.

Mr. Smith also used the opportunity to commend the OCR’s partners and stakeholders for supporting the work of the agency.

“I wish to thank those who are in dialogue with us, or have consented to have dialogue with us, with a view of establishing meaningful partnerships. I also want to give special thanks to the media that provided support by publishing or broadcasting our advertisements, articles and other items as well as airing our public service announcements and time signals,” he said.

The Registrar also lauded the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for sponsoring the tour in Canada and helping the agency to pursue opportunities for capacity building.

Additionally, he said the organisation had supported several public education activities, including sensitisation sessions in Children’s Homes and school tours.

“UNICEF has offered technical assistance, and sponsored the purchase of well needed office furniture and equipment, including a PBX system, to allow us to better manage the reports we receive by telephone,” the Registrar said.

Accompanying Mr. Greig on the tour was the OCR’s Ananda Alert Officer, Barbara Gardner.

The team participated in various meetings with representatives from different departments of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto and assessed practices and policies which can be incorporated into the operations of the OCR.