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  • Preliminary reports from the Child Development Agency (CDA) have indicated that a section of the 90-year-old Wortley Home for Girls, which housed the facility’s dormitory, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday, June 29.
  • According to the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, while none of the girls were physically injured, they were visibly shaken up by the incident.
  • The CDA has deployed a team of Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers to provide emotional support to the wards.

Preliminary reports from the Child Development Agency (CDA) have indicated that a section of the 90-year-old Wortley Home for Girls, which housed the facility’s dormitory, was completely destroyed by fire on Monday, June 29.

According to the Minister of Youth and Culture, the Hon. Lisa Hanna, while none of the girls were physically injured, they were visibly shaken up by the incident. In this regard, she said, the CDA has deployed a team of Clinical Psychologists and Social Workers to provide emotional support to the wards.

The Minister pointed out that the CDA and the Board of Management at the Wortley Home have secured temporary accommodation for the 19 girls who occupied the facility at an undisclosed location in the Corporate Area for the remainder of this week.

“Further, we have made contact with the SOS Children’s Village in Stony Hill and they have indicated that they are able to accommodate the girls on a long term basis until a decision is made to permanently relocate the girls or to renovate the dorms at Wortley.” she said.

Chief Executive Officer of the Child Development Agency, Rosealee Gage-Grey said the CDA is moving swiftly to return a sense of normality to the girls. She added that she is grateful that there were no casualties or fatalities in this morning’s incident.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and investigations into the early morning blaze are still ongoing.