November 24, 2017

The Editor Speaks: Protecting our children MUST be the priority

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This statement was emphasized by Felicia Robinson, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee. Since the introduction of the legislation to protect children, which requires everyone in the relevant fields to report concerns, there has been a notable increase in reports of potential […]

Cayman Islands Teen Panel embraces debate on healthy relationships

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Seven girls and a boy took part in this year’s Teen Panel debate on healthy relationships, Wednesday, 10 May 2017. The initiative, a regular fixture on the annual Child Month calendar, was organised by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Local high schools were each asked to put forward a panelist to take […]

Cayman Brac rolls out Child Abuse Prevention Training for sports

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A delegation from the Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports travelled over to Cayman Brac on Thursday, 9 February 2017 to kick-off the first in a series of Child Abuse Prevention training sessions specifically targeting sports administrators and officials. The sessions, which are led by the Director of the Department of Children and Family […]

Cayman Islands Government unveils finalised child abuse prevention policy

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The finalised Child Abuse Prevention Policy for National Sports Associations was launched by the Hon. Osbourne Bodden, Minister for Community Affairs, Youth and Sports ylast Wednesday, 1 February 2017. He also advised attendees that the first round of child abuse prevention training-sessions aimed at implementing the reporting aspects of the policy will take place on […]

iNews Briefs & Community Events

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Joint Marine Unit Responds to Capsized Boat off West Bay Wednesday Evening, 4 May 2016 From RCIPS Around 5:20PM Wednesday evening, 4 May, a member of the public alerted the 9-1-1 Communications Centre to a small, overturned boat drifting about 500 ft. off Seven Mile Beach in rough sea conditions, with three men in the […]

Cayman Islands Information Commissioner issues hearing decision involving Department of Children and Family Services

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From the Information Commissioner’s Office ICO releases Hearing Decision 52 involving Department of Children and Family Services In June 2015 an applicant made a request under the Freedom of Information Law 2007 for emails relating to his case with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). DCFS did not hold the records, and called […]

Cayman Islands DCFS/NAU open Brac Office

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The Ministry of Community Affairs, Youth and Sports on Friday, 29 January 2016 officially opened a new facility in which to serve the Sister Islands public. The office located on 23 Dennis Foster Road is newly renovated and includes a conference room and staff offices with further room for future growth or staffing needs. It […]

The Editor speaks: Youth offenders are not high priority

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The Cayman Islands Chief justice, Anthony Smellie, did not mince his words when he gave his speech at the 2016 opening of the Grand Court. On the subject of youth offenders he said: “We are obliged to note the ongoing absence of an appropriate remand facility for youth offenders and must renew once again, the […]

600 Cayman Islands families to benefit from DCFS gift donation programme

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The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has received dozens of donations of wrapped gifts, baskets of groceries, gift certificates and cheque donations that will benefit some 600 families. The Gift Giving and Donation Programme seeks assistance from individuals and community groups in providing gift items and food during the Christmas season. The DCFS […]

Timely bus donation helps those in need

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Aall Foundation recently donated a wheelchair-accessible bus to the elderly and disabled clients of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Residential Homes. “This generous donation is a blessing for both our department and our clients,” said DCFS Director Alicia (Jen) Dixon.  “This transport bus will greatly help us to improve our services while […]