Safe House Aruba is a cooperation platform between different entities in Aruba in the penal and care scope who come together every two weeks to address individual cases.
Thursday was a very important day on which they presented their annual report for 2020.
The Safe House was established 3 years ago as a platform to address cases of extreme social issues like individuals in the risk category, repeat offenders, those with mental issues who need help, as well as those that are victims and also domestic violence offenders. It is remarkable to say that many seniors are victims of abuse.
The key partners of Safehouse Aruba are:
Compulsory Education Office, Bureau Sostenemi, KIA, Department of Social Affairs, Department of Guardianship Council, Fundacion Guia Mi, White Yellow Cross, FMAA, Respaldo, Bureau
Victim Support, KPA, Public Prosecution, Aruba Probation, and Youth Protection Foundation,
Social Psychiatric Service and the FCCA. Thursday’s meeting was with representatives with these institutions who presented the annual report of everything that was done during 2020.
A year full of challenges caused by the pandemic, but in which they addressed 112 individual cases of persons in the above-mentioned categories.
The objective of the Safe House, in particular, is to help troubled children and prepare them to be successful when they become adults.
It is sad to state that the age of the children who have an addiction has already dropped to 11 years. Another issue encountered is pupils of primary schools selling drugs at school. Mental issues are also being addressed as well as the long waiting list for mental healthcare during the pandemic. They also assist children who became sick, especially undocumented children.