CYDEC Conference 2019

Asking the right questions

Red Cross Deputy Director Carolina Ferreira is urging parents to actively investigate organisations and their staff before handing over their children.
Especially with Easter holidays coming up and summer camps on the horizon.
She says it’s easy to assume policies are in place to guard children from abuse, but asking the right questions about what those policies are is key.
“It is the benefit of the doubt that you are giving without maybe necessarily understanding that you are giving the benefit of the doubt. Cause you think that well ‘in order for me to run a camp that I would have somebody that I would have to answer to, and there isn’t and so I think it’s that lack of awareness that makes it a sort of uninformed benefit of the doubt that you are giving,” Ms Ferreira said.
The Red Cross currently in the process of rolling out a seal of protection programme which trains organisations and reviews their systems to give approval as a child safe entity.

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 18 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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