Governor Foy visits child protection training session

Governor Tim Foy addressing participants at the training programme.


ANGUILLA–Governor Tim Foy on Monday attended the opening of the Ministry of Health and Social Development training programme for professionals working with children. It is being held in partnership with Barnado’s, a UK children’s charity, and the UK’s Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). The goal of the training is to equip professionals working with children with the necessary skills to identify and respond to child abuse. It is being attended by education, police, health and social service personnel.

  Foy said, “I am overwhelmed by the passion I have seen today from the people who work directly with children in what must be at times heart-breaking circumstances.  One of my key priorities as Governor of Anguilla is to ensure that children on the island are protected, and I am encouraged by what I have seen today. The development of this training was a truly co-operative effort, and I am confident it will have a lasting effect on protecting Anguilla’s children.”

  Funding for the training has been provided by Child Safeguarding Unit (CSU) of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).  CSU is working in partnership with the Overseas Territory Governments and strategic partners to build capability within child safeguarding systems, helping to promote transformative and sustainable change.

 The training is an extension of the Ministry’s comprehensive approach to safeguarding the island’s children. Following recent assessments on the child protection system in Anguilla, the Ministry is working with UNICEF to develop a Child Safeguarding National Action Plan, and an Interagency Child Protection Protocol. New legislation is also being planned. 

Source: The Daily Herald