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Jul 11, 2017

Special Envoy calls for more social workers to meet demand

The death of Faye Lin Cannon has sparked response from all corners. On Monday the Human Development issued a lengthy release on the allegations made against the department.  Those allegations are that the alleged abuse of Faye Lin and her three sisters were reported but the social worker attached to San Pedro and Caye Caulker never properly investigated and followed up. The Department, in its release, said not so. Today when we met the Special Envoy for women and children, Kim Simplis Barrow, we asked her about the matter. She says her office condemns attacks on children and she will advocate for more social workers because there is a huge demand for their services.


Kim Simplis Barrow, Special Envoy for Women and Children

“It is a sad day really when a child dies, not only a child in Belize but globally. We go through this process of mourning. It is upsetting that it happened here. I believe that a proper investigation needs to take place into what exactly was going on. My office hasn’t received any formal report. But we will be reaching out to the U.S Embassy because they are the ones I believe heading the investigation and trying to see what happened and what went wrong. I know that some residents in San Andrea said they reported it to the US Embassy and that they had reported it to the Human Development. I am not sure where we failed.”


Andrea Polanco

“I think one of the things the residents are clamoring for is more social workers on the island because the one that is there is serving both San Pedro and Caye Caulker; would your office be, maybe, championing that call?”


Kim Simplis Barrow

Kim Simplis Barrow

“Oh yeah. We would definitely advocate for more social workers. We need more social workers country-wide to be honest with you. We are lacking in that department. I encourage all these young graduates coming out of high school to take up social work because it is so important and it is needed in Belize.”



“San Pedranos reported what they saw with the children to police, the US Embassy, Human Services – would your office be willing to?”


Kim Simplis Barrow

“We didn’t receive any such reports. But if my office receives a report, we always refer it to the Ministry of Human Development. It is always the protocol to refer it to them.”

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2 Responses for “Special Envoy calls for more social workers to meet demand”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    “We didn’t receive any such reports. ” OR ” I haven’t seen or heard of such report” this is the common phrase this people use all the time to excuse themselves starting from the PM to all the rest of gov. people. Now we have the “I can’t remember” what kind of people we have in posts that will always bring this excuse when affronted with questions we the public need to know.

  2. Marie says:

    Hmmm, everyone failed this child, for not following up even after what seemed to be corrected according to the social worker. Don’t stop protesting senseless abuse and killing.

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