The training was conducted over 14 weeks by the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) Institution Monitoring Services Unit and comprised 29 sessions covering the Child Care and Protection Act (CCPA), corporal punishment, standard of care for facilities, stress and critical incident management, absconding protocol, and other crucial areas.
Presenters were from the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the Ministry of Education and Youth, the Jamaica Fire Department, among others.
Approximately 91 participants, including facility managers, senior officers, board of management and care staff, completed the training.
Addressing the closing ceremony held at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston on Tuesday (January 11), the CPFSA’s Chief Executive Officer, Rosalee Gage-Grey, commended the RCCF staff, who were presented with certificates of completion.
She said that the training was part of the entity’s thrust to improve the services offered to children in residential care.
“It sought to establish and [bolster] the existing relationship between the agency and the residential sector staff, both private and government, by strengthening their capacity to cater to the overall well-being of children,” she noted.
Mrs. Gage-Grey said that over the years, the entity has made significant advances in regulating and monitoring childcare facilities to ensure that there is compliance with the CCPA, that the standards are maintained, and that officers working in these facilities understand their roles and responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Monitoring Officer Supervisor, Wayne Grant, said that the agency will continue to enhance the capacity of RCCF staff.
“So, on February 1, 2022, we will commence the second batch of training geared towards staff,” he informed.
He said the next training session will be conducted over 14 to 16 weeks and will include topics covered during the first workshop and additional areas.