December 7, 2021

Cayman: Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development Statement on Francis Bodden Home Assault

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The Ministry of Investment, Innovation and Social Development and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) are aware of a report of an extremely distressing and troubling incident which occurred last week at the Francis Bodden Children’s Home. The home is managed and operated by the CAYS Foundation.

In the days following the report, the Ministry and DCFS have undertaken all necessary due diligence, and additional security measures have been undertaken at the home – including obtaining the services of a security company, and additional patrols being undertaken by the community Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officer. Actions have been taken to fully secure points of entry and staff are operating with heightened vigilance in their numerous duties. It was considered appropriate not to comment publicly until initial due diligence was completed, noting the RCIPS press release that was issued Thursday 4 November.

Given the magnitude of the incident and with the primary focus being the safety and wellbeing of our children, the Ministry will authorize an independent review of the safety and security practices of the home. This will not replace or conflict with the ongoing investigation by the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Derek Byrne states “An investigation is being carried out by the RCIPS, and is being led by the MASH Unit. We are also working with the Ministry to assist with enhancing the security measures at the facility.”

Following completion of the review, the Ministry will liaise across Government and with relevant departments, to ensure that all recommended measures – for oversight and management, security and protection of the residents – are implemented. Likewise, the Ministry will give full consideration to relevant policy, regulation and/or legislation that requires amendment.

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