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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

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 months.

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 the wards.

“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.

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