Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Children's Authority urges vigilance after kids' deaths

Children's Authority Chairman Hanif Benjamin.

Children's Authority Chairman Hanif Benjamin.

The Children’s Authority has called for more vigilance regarding the care and protection of all children. 

The call follows the deaths of three young children this week. 

In a statement, the Children's Authority said the unfortunate incidents highlighted the need for greater vigilance, and reminded adults that they all have a responsibility for the care of children.

Stating that it was saddened by the recent deaths, it stressed the importance of adults putting measures in place for their children who may be attending vacation camps and other activities. 

"Parents and guardians are once again reminded to ensure that they put measures in place for their children whether at camps, family outings or at home." 

The Authority issued the following advice:

"Children should be placed in the care of trusted and responsible adults

Older children should not be left to supervise younger ones

Know the whereabouts of your children at all times, including older teens

Keep an open line of communication with children so they can inform you if they have been abused

Teach children the correct names of their body parts so they can inform you if they have been inappropriately touched

The Authority will be engaging vacation camps to increase awareness on child abuse and child protection."

Meanwhile, the public was also reminded that child protection is everybody’s business and all incidents of child abuse should be reported to the Police at 999 or to the Authority’s 24-hour hotlines at 996 or 800-2014.

For more information, visit the Authority’s website at www.ttchildren.org or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/childrensauthoritytt/

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