Friday, December 6, 2019

Is the Public Service the genesis of our social problems in Saint Lucia?

Castries Saint Lucia, Monday, 24 October 2016: Raise Your Voice Saint

Lucia Inc.

For some time employees of the Government of Saint Lucia, within various

social services agencies demand juveniles and wards deemed socially

unacceptable be banned or removed from publicly funded institutions or they

will protest and walk off their jobs, although their expertise were engaged to

ensure that juveniles are socially rehabilitated and reintegrated into society as

productive and law abiding citizens and these institutions were established

specifically to deal with at risk juveniles.

This situation has contributed to the rising levels of juveniles becoming

ostracised, as Social Workers, Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, Teachers

and their respective Unions demand ultimate comfort within their working

environment.

We therefore, call on the Honourable Lenard Montoute, Minister for

Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment and Senator

the Honourable Hermangild Francis, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice

and National Security, the Director of Human Services Mrs. Elizabeth

Lewis and Director of the Family Court Ms. Beverly Poyotte to clarify as

to why a pregnant female juvenile has been incarcerated at the Bordelaise

Correctional Facility from May 6th, 2016? Did the staff of the Children’s

Transit Home demand her removal because she was disruptive? Did a Social

Worker deemed her parents’ home unfit? And is the Bordelaise Correctional

Facility deemed more conducive to her wellbeing? If Social Workers,

Counselors, Clinical Psychologists, etc cannot manage one sixteen year old,

should the Government continue to retain their services? Has there been an

investigation into the individual who has twice impregnated a juvenile under

the age of 16, who happens to be a ward of the State.

We are all aware that the Government of Saint Lucia is a signatory to the

Convention on the Rights of the Child & the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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