Mold closes West Bay social services office

Department of Children and Family Services office shuts ‘indefinitely’

The West Bay office of the Department of Children and Family Services closed down last week because of concerns about mold in the building, according to the department. 

The office closed its doors as of Friday, March 20. According to a statement released by the department, the office was closed because the presence of mold at the premises had raised concerns about the “welfare of the staff and clients.”  

The closure of the office is “indefinite,” the department stated, “as the building is scheduled to be assessed by Environmental Health and the Public Works Department in order to determine the extent of the problem.” 

The three social work staff assigned to that office have been relocated to the Department of Children and Family Services’ main office at Commerce House, 7 Genesis Close, George Town.  

“The public are assured that services to our clients will in no way be negatively impacted as the social workers who have been relocated will continue their various field visits and related duties in the West Bay community; only their base of operation has changed,” the department’s statement read.  

It continued, “The West Bay office deals with the scope of children and family services ranging from child protection matters, juvenile delinquency to the care and wellbeing of the elderly.” 

The department has notified the Sir John A Cumber Primary School, the West Bay clinic, the local police station and other agencies in the district about the closure. 

“DCFS no longer deals with financial assistance services, so this closure does not impact persons seeking assistance in this regard,” the department stated. “Families seeking financial assistance should visit the Needs Assessment Unit located on the 2nd Floor Aqua Mall or call 946-0024 as usual.” 

According to the World Health Organization, which carried out a two-year review into the subject, mold can lead to increased prevalences of respiratory symptoms, allergies and asthma.  

For more information, call the DCFS on 949-0290. 

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