Isle of Man News - POSTED Thu 24-05-2018

Children's Champion resigns after remit changes

by TH

Children's Champion resigns after remit changes

The Island's Children's Champion has resigned saying she disagrees 'fundamentally' in the Chief Minister's approach to championing the needs and rights of children and young people.

Garff MHK Daphne Caine made the announcement this morning saying she felt 'compelled to resign' following revised terms of reference for the role.

In a statement on Facebook she claims the focus of the role had been changed at the end of March to consider looked after and vulnerable children only.

She says: "While I appreciate young people in care need a particular focus and support, I have been inspired by the young people I have met, many of whom have contributed to the Corporate Parenting Group that I have had the honour of chairing.

"However the majority of people who contacted me in my 18 months as Children’s Champion would fall outside the new job remit.

"I therefore, reluctantly, have stood down from the position in order to pursue the many issues that have been brought to my attention."

She's added that she'll persue certain issues which she’s identified – including mental health provision, childhood obesity, allergy policies and adequacy of play equipment. 


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