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  • The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, in response to current issues relating to children, will be implementing a specialized training programme to address child care protection issues.
  • Pastor at Hope United Church, Rev. Dr. Margret Fowler, made the announcement on July 26, at the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Week Church Service, to mark the beginning of a week of activities.
  • The six-week training programme, which is scheduled to begin soon, will target ministers and other persons working with children.

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, in response to current issues relating to children, will be implementing a specialized training programme to address child care protection issues.

Pastor at Hope United Church, Rev. Dr. Margret Fowler, made the announcement on July 26, at the Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Week Church Service, to mark the beginning of  a week of activities.

“No one will be able to work with a child in Hope United church unless they have done this training and is certified,” she said, adding that in addition to the training, ministers and other church leaders are required to provide a police record and references in order to work with children.

The six-week training programme, which is scheduled to begin soon, will target ministers and other persons working with children. It will equip them to identify issues in relation to child abuse, neglect, forced labour and other issues akin to trafficking in persons.

“This is a new Jamaica and it is now time to step up, because together we can make our communities and Jamaica a safer place where it is harder for traffickers to operate or to hide themselves and their victims,” she said.

Rev. Fowler encouraged Jamaicans to break the silence against human trafficking, violence, murder and child abuse.

“To be silent is to be unfaithful, so whether we have a faith tradition or not, we should speak and act against human trafficking out of our common concern for those who suffer from it,” she urged. 

She urged Jamaicans to take responsibility for some things that are happening in their communities, because they know what is happening.

“The Government has tried no end to deal with the scourge of trafficking, but they cannot do it alone,” Rev. Fowler added.

Rev. Fowler also called on the Church to play their part. “We are not above that and the church can help to prevent some of these things by offering wholesome activities and a safe space,” she said.

On Thursday, July 30, Jamaica will join 133 other countries in observing the inaugural World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.