The Ministry of Community Development, Gender Affairs and Social Services stands as the social protection and advocacy arm of the Government of St. Kitts- Nevis, supporting and safeguarding the human rights and welfare of all persons, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, disabled, indigent, and youth in conflict with the law.
To accomplish this, eight (8) distinct units/departments have been established:
- Administration – Office of the Permanent Secretary
- Finance Unit
- Counselling Unit
- Social Services and Community Development
- Probation and Child Protection Services
- Gender Affairs
- New Horizons Rehabilitation Centre
- Social Protection Implementation Unit
The main offices of the Ministry are located at Victoria Road. The Administration Building (green building) houses the following Departments: Administration, Finance, Gender Affairs, Probation & Child Care Services, and the Social Protection Implementation Unit, while the Department of Social Services & Community Development is based in the northwards adjacent compound at Victoria Road, a mere minute away.
Counselling services for all age groups can be accessed at the Counselling Unit, which is located at Wades Garden, Basseterre, while the address of the New Horizons Rehabilitation Centre is at Saddler’s Village, St. Kitts, approximately thirty (30) minutes’ drive from the main offices.
Ministerial oversight is provided by the Honourable Wendy Phipps, Minister of State in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender Affairs & Social Services, and Mrs. Janelle Lewis-Tafari currently serves as Permanent Secretary (Ag.), providing guidance to a staff complement of around one hundred and twenty (120), including six (6) Directors.