UNICEF’s Regional Director impressed with work done by Children’s Authority
UNICEF's Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean has applauded the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago for building a solid and robust organisation.
María Cristina Perceval, who was recently appointed to the post visited the head office of the Authority on Thursday 11th August, 2016. She was accompanied by Aida Oliver, UNICEF's Deputy Regional Director and Khin-Sandi Lwin, Representative, UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area.
Mrs. Perceval was also in high praise of Stephanie Daly, S.C., Chairman of the Board of Management of the Authority, whom she noted was well-known in the region for her work in promoting the rights of children. She added that Mrs. Daly was truly an inspiration and looked forward to collaborating with her during her tenure as Regional Director.
During the visit to the Authority's Head Office, the UNICEF team toured the Registry Department to get a first-hand view of the Authority's process for receiving reports of children in need of care and protection. Mrs. Perceval noted that the Authority's data collection and child protection system was impressive and should be replicated throughout the Region.
Both Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Perceval noted that a key goal for their respective organisations was to change attitudes towards child protection and develop a culture of prevention, which would reduce abuse – always a better outcome than responding after harm is caused.
Mrs. Perceval is a former Senator in Argentina and prior to joining UNICEF she served as Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations.
From left: Khin-Sandi Lwin, Representative, UNICEF Office for the Eastern Caribbean Area; María Cristina Perceval, UNICEF Regional Director, Latin America and the Caribbean and Stephanie Daly, S.C., Chairman of the Board of Management of the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago