The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago has revealed that between May to August 2015 it has received over 1,300 reports of child abuse.
“In other words, the Authority has received more reports in three months than any other state agency would have recorded for all of last year. We are encouraged by the response of the public and continue to remind all that child protection is everybody's business including, family, friends and neighbours,” the Authority noted in press release yesterday.
The Authority said it remains deeply concerned that physical abuse is the second highest type of abuse reported, with approximately 300 cases in just three months.
“Although Section 4 of the Children Act 2012 permits only parents (and guardians) to apply 'reasonable' corporal punishment of children while forbidding its use by anyone else, the reports of physical abuse against children are often far outside anything permissible.”
While noting that it understands that parents are sometimes under stress, the Children's Authority urged parents to desist from using corporal punishment.
It has once again appealed to the public to report all cases of child abuse by calling its hotline 996 or 800-2014.