Mould behind closure of family services office

| 23/03/2015 | 5 Comments

(CNS): Government officials have now revealed that concerns about mould in the building that houses the West Bay office of the Department of Children and Family Services is the reason why the office has been closed. With the welfare of the staff and clients at risk, the department said the building was scheduled to be assessed by the environmental health and the public works departments to determine the extent of the problem, but in the meantime it is closed indefinitely.

The three social workers assigned to that office, which is on the compound of the West Bay Primary School, have been relocated to the DCFS’s main office located at Commerce House, 7 Genesis Close in George Town.

“The public are assured that services to our clients will in no way be negatively impacted as the social workers who have been relocated will continue their various field visits and related duties in the West Bay community; only their base of operation has changed. The West Bay office deals with the scope of children and family services ranging from child protection matters, juvenile delinquency to the care and wellbeing of the elderly,” officials stated.

The department has notified the John A Cumber Primary School, West Bay clinic, police station and all relevant partnering agencies in the district and has also sent out general public service advisories to keep the public informed. Should clients have any concerns or additional questions, they are asked to call 949-0290.

DCFS no longer deals with financial assistance services.  Families seeking financial assistance should visit the Needs Assessment Unit located on the 2nd Floor Aqua Mall or call 946-0024 as usual, officials stated.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I would be very surprised if many more buildings in Cayman don’t have a mould problem. Remember Hurricane Ivan saturated much of our Island, and there doesnt seem to have been any effort at independent testing to determine if mould is present in buildings, or the levels of mould issues. Most buildings today have hollow interior (drywall) walls, which would be an excellent place for mould to grow!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well that’s what happens when you are working from a obsolete ventilation code. No worries just throw money at it….it’ll go away.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many Staff and Members of the public were at Risk of Mould exposure in the “OLD GLASS HOUSE”?

    It was the central place for tons of government business to be conducted and paying of monies into the government?

    It is a known fact that the old Glass House had a mould problem?

    Perhaps the public and civil servants shoudl get tested ASAP?

    I smell lawsuits!!!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    In some countries, it is mandatory that periodic testing be done?

    This may be one of the contributing factors as to why there is so much cancer int he cayman Islands? Mould causes all sort of problems….

    The old Glass House was full of mould!!!! How many (Caymanian) persons were housed in that building for years? It is a known fact………

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