Saturday 7 December, 2019

JCA first to roll out policy to protect children in sport

The Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, has announced that the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) will be among the first set of national sports associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports.

The Minister made the announcement on Thursday at the St Catherine Cricket Association’s awards function in Twickenham Park.

The national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sport is being coordinated by the Inter-Ministerial Task Force established by Minister Grange earlier this year.

Among other things, it will see to it that “children in sport are not harmed in any way and that fit and proper people are involved in all areas of sports involving children.

Minister Grange said the task force has been considering several initiatives to safeguard and protect children in sport including mechanisms being implemented through the Jamaica Cricket Association in collaboration with UNICEF and Cricket West Indies.

“Based on the assessment of those initiatives and following discussions, I am pleased to announce that the Jamaica Cricket Association has agreed to be part of the first set of national sports associations to roll-out a national programme for safeguarding and protecting children in sports,” said Minister Grange.

The task force comprises several stakeholders including the Child Protection and Family Services Agency, the National Parent Teachers’ Association, the various schools sports associations, local sports governing bodies, as well as government ministries and agencies.

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