Investigations into alleged abuse and neglect of the children at the Cyril Ross Nursery is currently ongoing. However, the institution is being monitored by the Children’s Authority of T&T.
The authority in a release assured that “rigorous monitoring continues” said the authority’s Licensing and Monitoring Unit conducted a thorough investigation into the nursery’s operations following reports of alleged abuse and neglect of the children.
According to the CATT, the investigations included announced and unannounced visits, which were conducted at varying times of the day.
“Interviews with residents and staff were also conducted, to ascertain whether the children were receiving adequate care,” the release stated.
It also disclosed that the Licensing and Monitoring Unit made several recommendations to the management of the Nursery, which have been implemented.
These included, but are not limited to the following: training staff in providing appropriate care to the children; training staff to deal with children who have challenging behaviours and providing a reward and consequences system; a revised Behaviour Management Policy regarding children at the Nursery; ceasing the use of corporal punishment as a form of behaviour modification; the inclusion of recreation and extracurricular activities, and the development of a Donations Policy.
“While significant improvements have been made in the operations of the Cyril Ross Nursery, implementation is an ongoing process, which will be monitored closely by the authority,” it said.
“The authority’s Licensing and Monitoring Unit remains committed to monitoring and lending support where needed, to all residences in Trinidad and in Tobago, to ensure compliance with the required operating standards,” it added.