Blame youth violence on family structure, says AG

Minister of Home Affairs Adriel Brathwaite is standing by his position that a weakening family structure is the root cause of problems among the island’s youth. Brathwaite backed his position by stating that a poor family structure was the underlying issue faced by children housed at the Government Industrial School, as well as by prison inmates.

And, he has suggested that any money to be spent should be invested in strengthening the family structure and the overall framework.

“When I see children not being allowed to be children and being taken advantage of. [I believe that] something has to be done,” a release from the Barbados Government Information Service (BGIS) quoted Brathwaite as telling UNICEF Regional Director Marita Perceval and other UNICEF officials who paid a courtesy call at his Wildey, St. Michael office Wednesday morning.

The minister said there was a need to save and protect the island’s children by creating healthy environments, adding that “good behaviour could not be legislated”.

“There has to be cultural buy-in, so we need to look to see where there are weaknesses; we need to look at the family structure,” Brathwaite, who is also the Attorney General, emphasized.

Perceval acknowledged that there were challenges, but noted Barbados was doing well in its efforts to protect its children, having undertaken a process of legal reform and placed the Convention on the Rights of the Child at the centre of attention, the BGIS release stated.

She pledged UNICEF’s continued support to Barbados’ efforts, particularly as its country programme contained significant components concerning children’s rights.

The Regional Director also noted that new country programmes for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean would be presented in New York soon, with emphasis being placed on integration, social inclusion and child protection.

Source: (BGIS)

6 Responses to Blame youth violence on family structure, says AG

  1. harry turnover August 11, 2016 at 7:15 am

    So ALL deviant youth originated from BAD FAMILY STRUCTURES. If ones family structure is good it follows that the youth WILL BE GOOD…da iz wha you telling me.
    How about when a GOOD FAMILY STRUCTURE is SUDDENLY GONE BAD by the actions of DEM in the LAYING OFF of two or more members of that GOOD FAMILY STRUCTURE ?
    How about those good family structures that produce children with degrees and A levels EVERY YEAR but can’t find wuk and seeing people with less qualifications wuking in Government Offices.That too can lead the youth astray and btw.. bad family structures do not always produce deviant youth.

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  2. Ossie Moore August 11, 2016 at 9:17 am

    When you notice that no one cares about the Bishop, the parish priest or the vicar then the village pastor is disrespected by the youth; it becomes moral decay! It’s o.k to say only my parents can tell me what to do but good advice can also be extended to elders of good moral character!

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    • Olutoye Walrond August 11, 2016 at 10:57 am

      You and your tribe were elected to respond shape our society into what it should be. We’re tired of these lectures. Start doing something.
      Where are the programmes on radio and television to strengthen the family; where are the incentives to enable people to put families first?

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  3. BaJan boy August 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

    This idiot should be last to talk as if he truly felt so he would leave his beautiful family and awesome wife to shack up in Gall Hill with a woman police. They just tal cause God give them a mouth and a voice but none of them have any family values. Bunch uh Hyppocrites.. Can’t wait to see them go…

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  4. BoboTheClown August 11, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    IS THIS AG THE SAME PERSON THAT WANTED TO SEE A CONVICTED KILLER RELEASED ON BAIL BECAUSE HE SAID SO?
    SOMEONE SHOULD TELL THE AG THAT THERE IS A MAN IN THE US OF A, THAT WOULD GLADLY LIKE TO HAVE HIM ENDORSED HIM ,SINCE THE TWO WOULD MAKE GOOD BED FELLOWS.
    WHAT AN EXAMPLE OF FAMILY VALUES HE HAS SET. HE KNOWS WHAT WE ” A TALK BOUT”.THIS AG IS A JOKE THAT SHOOTS OF HIS MOUTH WITHOUT ANY CONCRETE EVIDENCE TO BACK HIS HOG WASH.
    AG, SET AN EXAMPLE THAT YOUNG MEN WOULD TRY TO EMULATE ,THEN BLOW YOUR HORN.

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  5. Sunshine Sunny Shine August 11, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    You are right, Mr. Minister. The family structures are to blame for what worsening and violent behaviour we see in our youths today. So tell me what is responsible for your type of ignorance.

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