Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, says she is working assiduously to drastically improve the work and effectiveness of the Child Development Agency (CDA).
Miss Hanna informed that in this vein, she has implemented a number of strategies and methods to completely revitalise and transform the agency.
Making her contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, the Minister noted that among such methods are the transformation of the agency’s Advisory Board as well as the commissioning of a management and process audit.
“The Corporate Management and Development Division of the Cabinet Office has completed a review of the organisation of children’s homes, and a thorough operational audit of all children’s homes, private and public, is being done,” she added.
Miss Hanna further pointed out that for the first time, since its inception more than nine years ago, an external management audit of the Agency’s operations has been completed.
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To drive the management audit, and to ensure the full implementation of the recommendations of a 2003 Committee, which examined conditions of Children’s Homes, the Minister has retained the services of retired Civil Servant, Sadie Keating.
Mrs. Keating, who served as Chairman of the 2003 Committee, is also chief author of the Keating Report.
“She is a specialist in public sector management and one of the most competent persons to ensure the implementation of the recommendations as well as other improvements in the agency,” Miss Hanna said.
She informed that among the issues coming out of the audit, which will be addressed with much urgency, is the achievement of greater cost and expenditure efficiencies in the agency as well as the streamlining of operations as it relates to service delivery.
Miss Hanna said there is also a need for management strengthening and greater corporate governance conformity to the framework document that governs the CDA as an Executive Agency.
She noted that the Ministry is also moving to correct “a situation where the agency’s management team did not comprise members of the Advisory Board or a representative of its responsible Ministry.”
Additionally, Miss Hanna said the Ministry has been working with the Corporate Management and Development Division of the Cabinet Office and the Executive Agencies Unit at the Ministry of Finance and Planning, to strengthen the corporate governance and institutional arrangements of the CDA.
“We are helping to realign expertise and skills at the agency,” she noted.
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