A former minister of social care has expressed shock at recent allegations of sexual and physical abuse involving children in Barbados.
According to reports a father and a rural community were enraged at the Child Care Board over what they claimed was its failure to remove three children from an abusive home in spite of years of complaints.
The reports stated that the children lived with their mother, stepfather and two younger siblings of the union between the mother and the stepfather. It also stated that he was now on remand at HMP Dodds after he was charged by police last Thursday with raping the girl.
Commenting on the developments, Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler described it as “extremely troubling”, stating that he was confident Minister of Social Care Stephen Blackett would tackle the issue.
In light of the developments Blackett was expected to meet with the top brass of the Child Care Board today and get an update on the case.
He reportedly promised to provide an update in a mid-week press conference where he would speak in detail on the issue.
“We have to await the full investigation to find out the circumstances but from what was reported in the Press it is a very tragic set of circumstances,” said Sinckler.
Sinckler said if the allegations turned out to be true then “we really have to look at this thing differently”.
Saying that although he did not have responsibility for the Child Care Board when he was Minister of Social Care, he said it did not mean he did not hear the stories of child abuse.
“So hearing these stories is not entirely new . . . we hear of circumstances, but even living in villages you will hear these things from time to time; but there is something particularly egregious about this set of circumstances.
“It really put you to pause to wonder right now what really is going on. I am sure Minister Blackett and his team will get to the bottom of it,” said Sinckler.