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  • Security at the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny will be increased following the absconding and subsequent tragic death of one of the wards last week.
  • The Minister made the announcement during her visit to the place of safety on Sunday.
  • Social workers from the Child Development Agency have been dispatched to the facility to provide counseling and other support to the residents.

Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, has said that security at the Granville Place of Safety in Trelawny will be increased following the absconding and subsequent tragic death of one of the wards last week.

The Minister made the announcement during her visit to the place of safety on Sunday.

Minister Hanna in offering condolences and words of encouragement to the wards and workers at the facility underscored the importance of protecting the nation’s children and providing the necessary psychological support during times of grief.

“It’s quite an unfortunate situation and we know the girls are deeply affected. In this time of grief we have to provide as much support as possible. Death is difficult to deal with especially the death of a child and friend,” she said.

Social workers from the Child Development Agency have been dispatched to the facility to provide counseling and other support to the residents.

Sixteen year old Charlene Young and another ward absconded from Granville on February 15 with the assistance of a member of the surrounding community who cut a hole in the newly-erected perimeter fence securing the facility.  Charlene’s body was later found by the police. An autopsy established that the 16 year old ward, who was a diabetic, died of natural causes.

Minister Hanna is reminding members of the public that to assist or induce a child to runaway from a person whose care they have been committed or harbour or conceal a child who has runaway is punishable by law.

“Children are not to be preyed upon, they are to be protected. As adults we have to be careful that the help we seek to provide does not do more harm than good,” said Minister Hanna.