Tag: Department of Children and Family Services

Sunrise Cottage residents moved east to west

Sunrise Cottage residents moved east to west

| 17/06/2019

(CNS Local Life): The six residents of Sunrise Cottage, the oldest of the Department of Children and Family Services’ (DCFS) live-in facilities for seniors, were moved out of their East End home and into the Golden Age Home in West Bay last month, as part of a plan to build a new residence in the […]

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New head of Children and Family Services

New head of Children and Family Services

| 15/10/2018 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Following recent revelations that the director of the Cayman Islands Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Felicia Robinson, had resigned after just two years on the job, the Ministry of Community Affairs has already undertaken a recruitment process and appointed Paulinda Mendoza-Williams to the post. Mendoza-Williams was one of the architects of both the […]

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Family Centre leads campaign against gender violence

Family Centre leads campaign against gender violence

| 04/12/2017 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Counselling Services’ Family Resource Centre has begun its annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, which runs until 10 December, and is calling on people to take part in the Clothesline Project this Wednesday. Health Minister Dwayne Seymour noted that domestic violence spikes in December and the campaign raised awareness […]

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New community affairs boss to staff up NAU

New community affairs boss to staff up NAU

| 02/10/2017 | 14 Comments

(CNS): Two additional staff members have been hired to work at the Needs Assessment Unit, starting today, Monday, the new acting chief officer with responsibility for community affairs, Teresa Echenique, told staff on a tour of the NAU last Wednesday. She said that efforts would also be made to fill other vacant positions to ensure […]

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DCFS boss says law boosted child abuse workload

DCFS boss says law boosted child abuse workload

| 13/09/2017 | 36 Comments

(CNS): The number of reported cases of children being neglected or abused and at risk in some way has increased significantly since the introduction of mandatory reporting under the children’s law. Speaking recently to the Public Accounts Committee, Felicia Robinson, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services said that child protection was […]

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Novice MLA walks out of PAC

Novice MLA walks out of PAC

| 07/09/2017 | 85 Comments

(CNS): The newly elected opposition member for Bodden Town West, Chris Saunders, was clearly frustrated during Wednesday’s Public Accounts Committee when he realised that the proceedings were not going to offer any immediate solutions for his constituents in need and walked out. Saunders said he needed to help a family who had been made homeless […]

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New CoP orders external review of child abuse cases

New CoP orders external review of child abuse cases

| 04/01/2017 | 27 Comments

(CNS): Following an RCIPS internal audit of all open child abuse cases in the Cayman Islands, triggered by a recent court case where the failure by the police to investigate a serious complaint of child sex abuse became apparent, an external review has been commissioned by the new police commissioner, Derek Byrne. Three officers from the […]

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CIG fills top vacancy at family services

CIG fills top vacancy at family services

| 10/08/2016 | 69 Comments

(CNS): A former director with the St Lucia government has been appointed as Cayman’s new director of Children and Family Services following an open recruitment drive, officials revealed Wednesday. Felicia Robinson, originally from Barbados, is a long-term resident of Cayman who has worked in the social work sector for over 20 years in 22 jurisdictions. […]

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FOI boss orders fee review on records search

FOI boss orders fee review on records search

| 21/04/2016 | 6 Comments

(CNS): In his latest hearing decision, the information commissioner has found that while there are instances when a public authority can charge a freedom of information applicant a fee to search for records, it must be reasonable. Following a hearing over a fee of more than $500 that was charged to recover deleted emails by […]

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Data, policies and laws missing on poverty

Data, policies and laws missing on poverty

| 09/07/2015 | 19 Comments

(CNS): No research analysis or information gathering on who and how many people in the Cayman Islands are living in poverty or at risk of falling into it has been conducted since well before the 2009 economic crisis hit. Government does not have any defined policies or goals about how its social assistance programmes should […]

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Another top job opens in civil service

Another top job opens in civil service

| 30/06/2015 | 12 Comments

(CNS): As succession planning remains a key issue in the civil service, the retirement of a top public sector boss in September will open up yet another critical leadership post in government. Jen Dixon, the director of the Department of Children and Family Services, will be retiring on 1 September and officials have not revealed […]

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