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Wendy-P-2017Basseterre, St. Kitts, 14th June, 2017 (MyVueNews.com) - Minister of State Wendy Phipps said the Government’s social programs are supporting the fight against crime in the country.

 

Speaking in the National Assembly sitting of 13th June, Minister Phipps identified several programmes designed, she said, as interventions against risk factors that impact on the level of crime and violence.

 

Phipps said it is evident that the government is doing everything possible to prevent crime and violence in the federation, including but not limited to, the strategies that are meant to mitigate those risk factors.

 

Minister Phipps stated, “It is out of this desire to prevent crime and violence, including gun related offenses, that our Social Services Departments on both St. Kitts and Nevis would have developed programming such as the Boys Mentorship Programme, for at risk youth in target communities in St. Kitts and later to be expanded in Nevis.”

 

Also identified by the minister were interventions such as M.E.N.D (Mold, Empower, Nature and Direct) and R.I.S.E (Restore, Inspire, Secure, and Empower) that are intended, the minister said, to help families in crises live better, more adjusted lives, offering them training in parenting, budgeting, home management and career planning.

 

Counseling services, mentorship for young family members, diversion programmes to prevent entry into a life of crime, public assistance to meet everyday cost of living, and also life skills training to assist individuals with coping with everyday challenges instead of resorting to antisocial and criminal behaviour are among the program services provided by the Social Services Department.

 

According to Minister Phipps, the Departments of Social Services on both islands have begun the development of a programme for prisoners. Such programs will enable inmates to obtain qualifications for various trades, so that on return to society then can become productive citizens.



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