|Minister urges parents to practice child safety during summer recess|
|Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:26|
Minister of Social Services and Community Development, the Hon. Melanie S. Griffin said parents can help promote child safety by registering their children in one of the many summer programmes that provide “structured activities for children in a safe environment” at no cost.
Mrs. Griffin said parents forced to leave their child/children in the care of another, should ensure that the person is “a responsible adult.”
“I understand that because most parents still have to work during the summer school recess that they may encounter difficulties in making adequate provisions for the supervision of their children, but I urge you not to leave your children unsupervised,” said Minister Griffin.
“At the same time, be careful of in whose care you entrust them to,” Mrs. Griffin added.
Minister Griffin said the need to ensure the well-being and protection of children is a daily mandate of parents and guardians. She said this duty becomes even more important during the summer months when children do not have the structured supervision of a school setting.Mrs. Griffin said parents who may not be able to afford to send their children to the recognised, paid camps, should look to register their children in one of the many summer camps operated by numerous government agencies and the churches.
One such camp is the Community Affairs Division of the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development’s summer programme, which runs through the end of July. Hosted at the Family Life Centres in Flamingo Gardens and Elizabeth Estates each weekday, the camps offer children the opportunity to participate in activities such as arts and crafts, music, sports and dance, in addition to participating in field trips.
Summer camps are also being hosted by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture; the Urban Renewal Programme; the Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Forces, in addition to a number of churches that have been certified by the Ministry of Social Services and Community Development and other relevant government agencies.
“I implore parents and guardians to take advantage of these programmes which will provide structured activities for children in a safe environment,” Mrs. Griffin added.
The Social Services Minister also issued a number of safety tips designed to ensure the safety of children at all times. They include:
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