Falklands : FALKLANDS SEEK ACTION ON CHILD PROTECTION REVIEW
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 31.08.2013 (Article Archived on 28.09.2013)
A judgment by the court in a family care case today which criticises the delivery of child protection services in the Falkland Islands has recently been made public.
FALKLANDS SEEK ACTION ON CHILD PROTECTION REVIEW
By J. Brock (FINN)
A judgment by the court in a family care case today which criticises the
delivery of child protection services in the Falkland Islands has recently been
Since the Court first highlighted a number of difficulties the Government
has taken action to address those difficulties, and will continue to do so
through a detailed action plan. The
process of improvement will necessarily take time, but those involved in child safeguarding
in the Falkland Islands have been consistently working hard to ensure delivery
of the best service possible despite the difficulties which have presented
One of the steps recently carried out was an independent review into the
provision of child safeguarding services.
The report of that review, which has been very recently received, will
be considered by Executive Council in September.
The Director of Health and Social Services, Hilary Rowland, has said the
following in relation to improvements which are currently being undertaken and
“We are clear that the problems identified
must not happen again and the difficulties identified must be addressed. Our priority
is to ensure the safety of the children on the islands and this is very clearly
about having well recruited and well trained staff. We have already improved our recruitment
practices to ensure that we employ suitably qualified and experienced social
workers. We also hope there will be a
further social work post created in order to ensure the team can deliver these
crucial services. Other actions include
training and the use of an independent social worker in child care conferences. We are determined that children and their
families will be well served and well protected in the future by having an
excellent team of staff in place.”
The Falklands Island Government is committed to addressing the issues
identified in the judgment and ensuring that children are not at risk of harm.
FIG is committed to ensuring that the services it provides to safeguard
and protect children in the Islands are delivered to an appropriate standard. The
Falkland Islands Government acknowledges that there have been difficulties
encountered recently in the delivery of the quality of child protection
services which might reasonably be expected.
The Health and Social Services Directorate, working together with the
police, education, and the Attorney General’s department, is responsible for
ensuring the protection of children in the Falkland Islands.