[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) says a total of 1,117 cases of child abuse have been reported to the agency so far for 2013.
This was disclosed by CCPA Director Ann Greene during an interactive session with media operatives at The Bistro Restaurant, Georgetown on Friday September 20.
The session was geared towards engaging media entities on how it can raise awareness and promote zero tolerance for child abuse. Greene is hopeful that local media operatives would pledged their support to the agency to disseminated messages against child abuse
She also called for all citizens to come on board and keep an eye and ear out for victims or potential offenders of such crime. Greene said the agency will continue to collaborate and build partnerships with civil society to fight child abuse.
The CCPA was launched in July 2009, by then Minister of Human Services and Social Security Priya Manichand, geared towards creating a more protective, healthy and conducive environment for Guyana’s children.
The Child Care and Protection Agency legislation was passed on January 8, 2009 and was later accented to by President Bharrat Jagdeo. The Legislation states that the Agency has the power to implement the policies and make decisions in relation to the laws governing children: the monitoring of childcare facilities; to intervene in cases where a child is abused or neglected and to protect vulnerable children.