Government intends to take a more aggressive approach in 2016 to tackle child abuse and child exploitation. This is according to Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence at the Ministry’s year-end press conference on Wednesday.
She said that finding a solution to address this problem has been one of the major challenges faced by the Ministry.
Over 3000 reports of child abuse cases have been recorded at the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) during the course of 2015.
Ann Greene, head of the agency, told the media on Wednesday that neglect accounted for the highest number of reports, while sexual abuse reports exceeded the 600 mark.
Greene said that in 2015, the Child Care and Protection Agency had to find alternative care for over 500 children who were placed in foster care and institutional care. She however announced that the agency is working to eliminate institutional care within the system.
“We try to make institutional care as the last resort but most times, institutions are all we have to provide alternative care for a child; and it is not the best care but it’s life saving for children sometimes,” Greene told the media.