ChildLink report is “substandard” research – CPA

first_imgThe Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is outraged by the findings of a ChildLink report which pointed out that the Agency has no established criteria to determine which facility children are placed in once they are taken into the State’s care and that children are abused while in the care of the State.“We have criteria and we follow it. We do not operate haphazardly,” a CPA official stated, highlighting that there is a Childcare Agency Act which the outfit is guided by in determining how a child is placed into a home.The report “An Analysis of the Nature and Extent of Institutionalisation of Children in Guyana” stated that the Agency reported that based on “informal determination” of the facilities’ strengths, as well as the care facilities’ preferences with regards to age and sex, a child is placed.It emphasised that the consultants at the Agency were not in an informed position to indicate clearly where, for instance, an abused child – whether physical, sexual, neglected or otherwise ? would be placed, as against a child whose family could not adequately provide food and shelter for them.The official at the Agency asserted that ChildLink is aware that there are standard operating procedures that the organisation adheres to and said they were shocked by its findings. “We are still trying to come to grips with the presentation of the research,” the official said.The official added that there are special homes for children who have been abused, stated that “we just don’t drop them into one place.”Child Counsellor Abbigale Loncke had stated that Guyana does not have separate facilities to cater for children who have either been abused or taken in because of wandering or poverty. She stated that while children enter alternative care for various reasons, they are all put in one type of facility ? there is no distinctive facility.According to the ChildLink report, caregivers were not considerate with respect to the circumstances faced by a child, which gave rise to their admission to the facility before the placement was made. “Rather, they were informed that the child would be assigned there and the facility was required to make the necessary arrangements for his or her admission,” it said, adding that this posed many challenges, since the caregivers did not know what to expect and therefore were unprepared for the circumstances presented by each child.“Some form of dialogue is, therefore, necessary between the residential facility and CPA before a child’s admission so that an informed response based on the particular needs of the child could be provided,” the report recommended.The official, however, contended that the report was “poorly” done since there are a number of discrepancies in it.“It is unethical to use what one child says and say it is the same for the rest,” the official stated, adding that the interviewer is unaware of what is going on in the child’s mind at that moment. “Some of them just want to go home and they would say anything to get them to leave,” the official added.As of March 2016, the CPA recorded that 803 children were in alternative care (foster and residential), of which 624 of these children are in residential care, while 179 are in foster care. These children were placed in alternative care because of various forms of abuse, poverty, disasters, disability of a parent, and the death of a parent.last_img read more

Paris Climate Agreement Very Close to Entering into Force as 31 New Countries Join

first_img On September 21st Bangladesh, Brunei, Kiribati, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Tonga, United Arab Emirates Vanuatu, Asia Pacific Norway, United States Bahamas, Guyana, Peru, St Vincent & the Grenadines Fiji, Maldives, Marshall Island, Palau, Nauru, Tuvalu, Mauritius, Cook Island, Samoa, Palestine Cameroon Africa Some members of the EU, like Germany, France, Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Poland committed to ratify by the end of the year, while the UK announced yesterday that it has started its ratification process. If the eight countries that committed to join by the end of this year actually do so, we will reach 54.98 percent of global emissions. With the EU’s total emissions counted, the amount would be 66.97 percent of emissions. Ukraine Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Brazil, Dominica, Honduras, Panama, Mexico Belize, Barbados, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia Eastern Europe This morning gave us every reason to believe that this final threshold will be crossed this year, as the following countries also used the event to commit to formally join by the end of the year: Australia, Cambodia, Canada, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and South Korea. Also, in its video statement, the European Commission noted its readiness to have the EU join by the end of this year, and encouraged its member states to speed up their process accordingly. Countries formally join the Agreement by signing it, getting it approved domestically, and then submitting their “instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval” to the UN.Countries that Have Joined the Paris Agreementcenter_img Western Europe and North America Ghana, Guinea, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda Albania, Belarus Between April 23rd and September 20th Somalia, China, Laos, Micronesia, North Korea, Seychelles Latin American and Caribbean On April 22nd The Paris Agreement on climate change took a significant step forward this morning as 31 countries formally joined it at a special event during the UN General Assembly in New York. Sixty countries representing almost 48 percent of global emissions have now joined the Agreement, crossing one of the two thresholds needed to trigger its entry into force. The Agreement takes effect once 55 countries representing at least 55 percent of global emissions join. Iceland Date of Joining This is all great news for global action on climate change and demonstrates the broad, global support for the transformational goals of the Paris Agreement. But UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon went even further, and used his platform to urge leaders to reach higher and advance other international actions on climate change. He called for leaders to use an upcoming meeting in Kigali, Rwanda to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), potent greenhouse gases used widely as refrigerants. He also urged leaders to support a global deal to limit rapidly growing emissions from the aviation sector at the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly (ICAO) later this month.Reaching these outcomes will buttress the action that countries are already taking to achieve their nationally determined contributions (NDCs), the domestic climate plans they committed to at COP21 in Paris.  Together, all of this momentum increases the confidence with which leaders in all sectors can plan for a zero-carbon and climate-resilient future.As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said to those assembled today, we will continue to write this new ending to the climate story. For those of us who were standing in the UN’s chamber this morning, the sense of momentum, cooperation and inclusiveness that characterized the Paris Agreement’s conception was palpable.Onwards…last_img read more