Children’s Authority provides support services to baby and family
The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is horrified by the recent media report of the abuse of a baby girl and it is a reminder that there is an acute and disturbing problem of child cruelty in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Authority is currently working with the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to provide support services to the baby and her family. As usual, the Authority is treating the matter with the sensitivity and confidentiality it deserves.
The Authority also commends the baby's observant grandmother for bringing the matter to the attention of the police. Since child abuse often occurs in the home, it is important for everyone to be aware that they have a responsibility to protect children.
Also today, the Authority's Emergency Response Team was called out to rescue two other children who were sexually abused. The children are now in the care of the Authority and receiving the necessary support.
The Authority notes that by becoming aware of the signs of child abuse, we can protect our children from continued mistreatment. Therefore, the public is reminded to report any sign or suspicion of child abuse to the Police or to the Authority's hotlines at 996 or 800-2014. For more information on the signs of child abuse, the public can visit the Authority's website at www.ttchildren.org