Monday, December 7, 2009 No blame game will ensue, says Minister for
Social Transformation, Youth and Sports Honourable Leonard Montoute, as he
disclosed to the press, findings of an investigation into the operations of the
Boys Training Centre at Massade, Gros Islet.
The minister on Monday, joined the chairman of the investigative team
psychotherapist Dr. Urban Seraphin, to openly disclose the problems identified
at the centre, and to announce the corrective approach that the government has
undertaken immediately, and will continue to undertake within the next 18
Minister Montoute says what's important is that the problems at the BTC are
already being actively addressed. Some of the major concerns are related to
staffing, security and the overall treatment, care and holistic development of
We acknowledge that the at the Boys Training Centre there existed an
environment that was not conducive to the proper rehabilitation and care of the
wards that are housed there; that this environment existed for quite sometime
and it actually nurtured the kind of ills that the centre itself was designed to
correct. We want to ensure that we once and for all address those matters,
correct the situation, and go about creating an improvement for the wards at the
centre, Montoute said.
Minister Montoute says the institute established in February 1960, will also
employ a new cadre of professionals to beef up the staff compliment with a view
to carrying out the recommendations of the investigative report.