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St Helena : St Helena CHILD PROTECTION ON ST HELENA AND ASCENSION ISLAND: REPORT BY THE LUCY FAITHFUL FOUNDATION
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)

The governments of St Helena and Ascension Island recognise their responsibility to protect the vulnerable in society, especially children. Following the improvements that flowed from the ‘Safeguarding Children in the Overseas Territories Programme’







CHILD PROTECTION ON ST HELENA AND ASCENSION
ISLAND: REPORT BY THE LUCY FAITHFUL FOUNDATION



 

The governments of St Helena and Ascension Island recognise their
responsibility to protect the vulnerable in society, especially children.
Following the improvements that flowed from the ‘Safeguarding Children in the
Overseas Territories Programme’, work has continued to strengthen the child
protection framework on both Islands, including raising awareness of the need
to safeguard children from sexual or physical abuse. As a result, in the past
few years several offenders have been detected, prosecuted and awarded
custodial sentences.





To help assess progress and identify areas for improvement, two representatives
of the independent Lucy Faithful Foundation (LFF), a UK based charity dedicated
to preventing the sexual abuse of children (
http://www.lucyfaithfull.org/), visited
St Helena and Ascension earlier this year. A summary of the report of their visit
is now available on the SHG website. As the substantive report contains data
that could identify individual child protection cases, it will be available
only to officials involved in child protection work. While the report
recognises the progress made, it points to areas where more remains to be done.
The recent strengthening of the Police and Social Services Department on St
Helena will help take forward this important work.



 



Ian Rummery, Chair of the Public
Health Committee, commented:



 



“The Lucy Faithful
Foundation's 'Child Safety Review' is a report that we cannot ignore. It
highlights significant areas of concern around not only child safety but also
the high incidence of sexual offences on St Helena. These are difficult issues
for any community to face but there is evidence in this report of good practice
on Island. We are building strong foundations to improve the safeguarding of
children but there is much work still to be done. We need to adopt a public
health initiative so that all members of our community are involved in
preventing abuse. Ultimately we are all responsible for the safety of children
on St Helena.”



 



Commenting on the LFF report,
David Jenkins, Director of Health and Social Welfare said:



 



“Like elsewhere in the
world, St Helena must ensure that it has adequate structures in place to
protect children from sexual abuse and to detect and deal with any such
offences. The LFF report has provided an independent perspective that will
assist us with our on-going multi-disciplinary agency working and will
strengthen our arrangements to protect children by targeting our resources in
the most effective way.”



SHG



11 October 2013









 





 

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