The team of the National Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children visited Saba and St. Eustatius from February 7 to February 11. Due to the coronavirus pandemic their last visit to the islands was more than two years ago. Spread over three walk-in sessions, the team received more than forty questions and complaints.
The complaints and signals received by the National Ombudsman’s team concerned various central and local government agencies.
A group of parents also shared their concerns about schools and youth protection with the Ombudsman for Children. “It was striking that residents came up with multiple complaints about various topics,” the Ombudsman’s team said.
The team also spoke to single parents and children about parenting. “These conversations were very valuable for our research on parenting in poverty,” they said.
Coordinator Gaby von Maltzahn: “It was nice that we were there again. The residents had a great need to tell their stories. Physical presence and visibility seem to be prerequisites for successful walk-in sessions and meetings.” The team of the National Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children also handles all complaints and signals they receive digitally. Where necessary, they reach out to the relevant government agencies for the correct handling of complaints.
From March 8, the team of the National Ombudsman will visit Bonaire. Locations and times will be announced later.
The Daily Herald.