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Report child abuse — Hanna

jamaica Observer
Tuesday, April 03, 2012

MINISTER of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna, is appealing to members of the public to report suspected cases of child abuse to the relevant authorities.

Hanna made the plea during a signing ceremony at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices in Kingston yesterday and warned that refraining from reporting child abuse, incidents of crime against a child, is not only illegal, but you can attract a penalty under the Child Care and Protection Act.

“I believe it is time we start cracking down on those persons, who know of incidents and we penalise them for it,” she said.

Hanna said while the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) have been doing tremendous work, “people can prevent these things from actually taking place if they would step up (and) make the requisite reports”.

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She charged the CDA and the OCR to make regular and strategic interventions in the public domain, to make people aware of what is actually taking place with regards to children, noting that the number of reports of child abuse annually will “boggle your mind”.

“Let us not wait for the media to do it. Let us, as a Ministry, make them aware of what actually is taking place within the society and within the responsibilities of parenting and the abuses that are taking place with children,” she said.


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