Tuesday 19 September, 2017

RCIPS takes fresh approach to child abuse cases

The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) at press a briefing last Friday (Sept1.) noted that it had assumed a new approach as it relates to cases involving child abuse.

The Police Service Commissioner Derek Byrne said that as result of the review conducted by three U.K. officers, with expertise in child safeguarding and child protection, the police service had moved in a new direction, with Byrne pointing to the launch of the MASH unit, started in March 2017.

Bryne said that the U.K. officers reviewed all aspects the service’s investigation process, including, policy structures, procedures along with 92 cases from the Family Services Unit.

“Unfortunately in that 92 cases, they red flagged three cases, that caused some concern, they are still causing us a bit of difficulty- we are working through it,” said Byrne.

Bryne described the recently launched MASH unit as a “hugely progressive step” which is expected to work closely with the Department of Family Services (DFS) and the Health Service Authority (HSA) to employ a more holistic approach to issue of child protection.

Bryne further revealed that the three cases flagged represented both individual and corporate failings.

One police constable was reverted to uniform duties and another  police supervisor reassigned as a result of the review.