Governor learns about work of DCFS

| 07/04/2019
CNS Local Life
Governor Martyn Roper with the newest social workers at DCFS (L-R) Candace Hylton, Emma Evans, Lydia Watling, Marjorie Whittaker, Caitlin Connor, Belinda Gordon and Annakay Miller

(CNS Local Life): As part of his continuing familiarisation tours of the civil service, Governor Martyn Roper visited the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) on Wednesday, 3 April. He was accompanied by the Ministry of Community Affairs Chief Officer, Teresa Echenique, and the department’s Director, Paulinda Mendoza-Williams.

During the visit, he met senior management including representatives from the Elderly Services, Foster Care and Adoption, Family Services, MASH (Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub), Finance and Administration, Youth Services and Community Development teams.

Among the areas discussed were the department’s ongoing restructuring, the challenges it faces and the reasons for the increased workload of social workers in recent years, stated a press release. The governor was also informed of times where social work staff had excelled.

As well as taking an interest in social work policy and practice, Roper offered his continuing support and invited team leaders to forward suggestions on how he could do more. He then toured the department’s George Town offices, interacting with DCFS social workers and support staff.

“I’m hugely impressed with the work of DCFS staff given the challenging and often complex issues that they deal with on a daily basis,” Roper said.

“It is important for me to thank you in person and to tell you that I recognise and appreciate what a great job you are doing, in helping a lot of people who need assistance during difficult times in their life,” he added.

Noting DCFS was “extremely pleased” to welcome the governor, Mendoza-Williams said, “His visit gave staff the opportunity to share the complexities of their jobs as well as insights into the restructured teams and new services such as our Elderly Services.”

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