Be vigilant with kids on vacation, Children's Authority appeals
Ensure that children are supervised at all times and look out for any telltale signs of abuse.
That’s the message being sent by the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago as school is out for the July-August vacation.
The Authority in an advisory to parents and guardians noted that with children involved camps, family visits or staying at home, the safety of children during this vacation period was of utmost importance.
The Authority urged parents and guardians to ensure that children are under constant supervision by a responsible and trusted adult.
Keeping an open line of communication with children would encourage them to disclose any incidents of abuse, the Authority added.
Parents and guardians were also advised to be wary of physical and non-physical signs of child abuse, including marks or redness on body; discharges when bathing or changing young children, pain or discomfort in any body part especially genitals, fear or avoidance of a certain adult or place, inappropriate sexual behaviour, poor hygiene, secrecy, and hostility.
Lastly, the Authority advised parents and guardians of students who wrote this year’s SEA examination to reassure children of their worth regardless of the results.
“Parents and guardians should also encourage children to express their feelings and celebrate the effort that was made,” the Authority said.
As part of the Authority’s public education campaign, vacation camps will be engaged to increase awareness on child abuse and protection.
The public is urged to report all incidents of abuse to the Police at 999 and the Authority’s hotlines at 996 or 800-2014.
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