Claire Eunice Gittens
Family Liason Officer at The University of the West Indies-Family Development and Children’s Research Centre, Social Work Field Supervisor at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago
Ms. Claire Eunice Gittens is a social worker and Family Liaison Officer at the University of the West Indies Family Development Centre in Trinidad. She also serves as a Social Work Field Supervisor at the St. Augustine campus. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, and has over thirty-five (35) years of active experience in the field of social work in the areas of Health and Social Development, as well as the NGO sectors of Trinidad and Tobago.
Ms. Gittens has served on a three-man team to defend Trinidad and Tobago’s 2nd periodic report on the state of the nation’s children to the UNICEF Committee, Geneva; Held the role of country-representative to the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IACI): a division of the Organization of the American States (OAS).
Ms. Gittens has also served on a committee which was instrumental in formalizing Foster Care Services in Trinidad and Tobago, been a member of Trnidad & Tobago’s National AIDS Management Committee, served as Technical Officer over a four (4) year period for the annual meetings of Wives of Heads of State of the Americas and has been a member and Chairman of Trinidad & Tobago’s Community Chess; an NGO which seeks treatment for children locally and abroad, particularly with cardiac health issues.
She is a co-founder and former President (for a 10 year period) of the Rape Crisis Society, which is one of the First NGOs in the English-speaking Caribbean treating with issues of rape and other forms of abuse.
Ms. Claire Eunice Gittens is interested in the realisation of “holistic education of children” and an adherenece to UNICEF’s definition of education as “preparation for life”.