Kingston Gleaner, January 17, 2012, Page 2

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Kingston Gleaner (Newspaper) - January 17, 2012, Kingston, Kingston A2 THE GLEANER, TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2012 | NEWS TODAY’S TOP NEWS PICKS Scotiabank fêtes scholars FIVE YVAs kick off YOUTHLINK INSIDE Today’s Youthlink: Out of the box: Protecting your ideas Fun, frolic, entertainment and food galore were the order of the day as Scotiabank Jamaica Limited fêted its scholars at its corporate learning centre on Acadia Boulevard in St Andrew recently. Exposing The Extraordinary! COMING THIS SATURDAY Greater sensitivity to abused children Adventist World Church president to visit St Catherine Uncovered: Linstead market in dire need of repair. Thirty- year- old plumber Otis James addressing the needs of 70 of Clarendon’s needy children. Soren Robinson, the Ministry of Education 2011 region six parent of the year, speaks of his role as a stepfather. A new look at castor oil processing in St Catherine. PASTOR TED N. C. Wilson, president of the Seventh- day Adventist World Church, is slated to visit Jamaica next month. Wilson, who is to arrive in the island on February 3 and leave February 6, will be accompanied by his wife, Nancy. He is down to make the main speech at the launch of “ That the World May Know”, an initiative of the Inter- American Division of Seventh- day Adventists ( IAD). This forms part of the overall initiative of revival and reformation, which is initiated by the Church globally. Wilson will also be the main speaker at the thanksgiving service to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the relocation - from Mandeville to Montego Bay - of the headquarters of the West Jamaica Conference. His visit to Jamaica will also include courtesy calls on national leaders. “ We welcome Elder Wilson on this his first visit to Jamaica,” said Pastor Everett Brown, president of the Adventist Church in Jamaica. “ The significance of his visit after just 19 months as the global Adventist head cannot be fully underscored. He wants the membership here and throughout IAD to know that our evangelistic efforts and work in improving the lives of those in our communities cannot be accomplished without a close connection with God. I am sure the membership and wider society will benefit from his visit.” Officials from the Inter- American Division of Seventh- day Adventists’ 21 unions which comprise Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, the French Antilles as well as Colombia and Venezuela, will join thousands of members in Jamaica at the Northern Caribbean University gymnatorium on Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4. The launch on Saturday will start at 9 a. m. with live broadcast on the Adventistowned Hope Channel, Hope Esperanza, 3ABN, NCU- TV on Flow Channel 188 and NCU- Radio 91.1 and 91.3 FM starting at 10 a. m. It will also be webcast live at www. interamerica. org and www. jmunion. org . Anastasia Cunningham Senior Gleaner Writer Since the implementation of the Strategic Development Plan for Child Protection ( SDPCP) a year ago, there has been a greater sensitivity in dealing with child victims and a drastic reduction in the number of children placed in state homes within 24 hours of reporting abuse. Up to four years ago, approximately 40 per cent of all child victims were being placed in a place of safety within 24 hours of making a disclosure. That figure is now down to six per cent. Dr Tony Butler, child protection consultant from the United Kingdom who developed the plan, said it was the success of the SDPCP that has convinced the British High Commission to continue funding the project in which it has so far invested in excess of J$ 45 million. The multi- agency SDPCP Kingston- based pilot project integrates key agencies focused on child welfare. They include social workers from the Child Development Agency ( CDA), police from the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse ( CISOCA), counsellors from the Victim Support Unit, the Office of the Children’s Registry, and the Office of the Children’s Advocate. The main objective of this systematic approach to effectively deal with child victims is to reduce the trauma experienced by children who report abuse cases and improving the effectiveness of the service to them and the effectiveness of the police investigation. “ When I came to Jamaica in 2008, if a child made a report of abuse you had responses from the police and other agencies, but they were not linked together,” Butler told The Gleaner . “ For example, if the child was brought to CISOCA in Kingston, they would be interviewed by the police and the police procedure undertaken, but there wouldn’t be any contact with social workers for a minimum of 24 hours and probably even longer. As a consequence, many of these children were being placed in institutions. These are victims, these aren’t offenders.” He added, “ Since we implemented the model last year, we have now got social workers available 24 hours per day at the CISOCA office in Kingston and they are doing a magnificent job. As a result of that they are supporting the work of the police, the police are able to concentrate more efforts on the investigation, the child and the family get immediate social support from CDA professionals.” Travelling to Jamaica three times per year, Butler is now working on integrating other organisations and programmes into the project and to spread it across the island. During his current two- week visit to Jamaica, he met with officials from the Ministry of Education last week, with the plan to integrate guidance counsellors in schools. And as part of expanding it across Jamaica, he is now working in Montego Bay, St James. CRITICAL COMPONENT Despite its success, Butler is concerned that a critical component is yet to be implemented. “ One of the most important parts of the programme is the introduction of the video recording child evidence, which is yet to be implemented. In 2009, the British High Commission funded the installation of UK video interview recording equipment at CISOCA. I came over twice to train 24 police officers to use the equipment, in anticipation of the Evidence Act being changed to allow video recorded interviews of children to be given into evidence. Sadly, since then it’s been lying around unused because the law has not been changed,” he said. “ We have had video recorded evidence in England since 1992 and it has been remarkably successful. Without that, what you have is children are being required to come to court two or three years after they have disclosed the evidence and then what they are put through is in effect a memory test by defence lawyers. If we had video recorded interviews taken within a couple of days after they make the report and those videos used in court, there would be no question about the child’s account being confused or contaminated.” He said the video evidence system is also effectively working in Canada, the United States and some European countries, as well as Cuba and Malaysia. Butler hopes that the new administration will speed up the process. Based in the United Kingdom, Butler is a doctor of forensic psychology, recently working predominantly with children. Retired from the English police force in 2001 after 37 years, eight years of which was as the chief of police, he has more than 20 years experience working with child protection issues. He has set up child protection models and continues to work as a consultant in countries such as Cuba, Malaysia, Jordan in the Middle East, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Butler was invited to Jamaica in 2008 to audit the procedures and make recommendations on a more efficient and effective system. Following extensive research, the SDPCP was developed, agreed upon by relevant stakeholders and later implemented. “ The model has resulted in a very significant change in the way in which the agencies used to operate. They are now able to respond much more quickly to the needs of the child, creating great benefits for the children. It is very rewarding to see how things are moving forward and the success the programme has been having,” said Butler. anastasia. cunningham@ gleanerjm. com WILSON NORMAN GRINDLEY/ CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER A workman at Gordon House mounts a photograph of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller beside one of former Prime Minister Andrew Holness, ahead of today’s opening of the new session of Parliament. BUTLER Meeting Uncle Trevor in Middleton Well, Uncle Trevor is certainly a chatty fellow. Never mind the moniker, it was my first time meeting him. I had been walking around in Middleton, a community high in the hills of rural St Andrew ( near Newcastle), when the short, dreadlocked man stepped out of a small roadside shop on which the words ‘ The Bubbles Bar and Grocery’ were painted. D1 Destra Garcia performs on Saturday, January 28 Destra Garcia, born in Trinidad, has grown from strength to strength since her 1999 debut and the entertainer is showing no signs of slowing down – challenging herself every year, taking her music and her fans along for the exciting journey. C1 Give yourself cancer! The second biggest killer of people worldwide is cancer. At present, statistics indicate that one third of the population will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. The reality is that we increase our cancer risk by how we treat our bodies. B6 Wrong ring, wrong tone Only the very rich and poor seem able to operate without a cellphone nowadays. So I’ve determined to put it behind me at the nearest opportunity. Once I ketch de lotto! I’ve found that like much other technology, the phones only appear to be helping, but in reality they just add clutter and distraction, writes Daniel Thwaites. A7 All goals but shared points The re- energised Arnett Gardens on Sunday night scored two beautiful goals away from home at Ferdie Neita Park, but still ended the game with only a share of the points as they played to a 1- 1 draw with leaders and favourites for a place in the second end- of- round final, Portmore United. B3 16 1 12 3 2 7 8 8 6 4 3 3 4 4 7 25 24 8 6 1 10 14 17 25 $ 800,000 No Winner 51 Winners $ 1,011 ea. 1,121 Winners $ 83 ea. 7 2 9 4 13 35 8 31 5 2 8 6 5 6 0 5 2 8 7 4 23 29 4 8 14 01 12 7 10 20 26 30 32 12 No winner No winner 21 winners $ 8,629 ea. 2 752 winners $ 419 ea. 9,191 winners $ 50 ea. $ 60,000,000 13 1 12 1 7 9 11 21 1 $ 351,000,000 1, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 19, 21, 24, 28, 31, 32 1, 6, 8, 10, 12, 23, 24, 25, 26, 28, 32, 34 ;

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