Media Releases

Children’s Authority calls on public to make reports of abuse to its Hotline

Date: 2016-02-29

While the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CA) did not receive any reports to our Hotline, we also saw the images on social media of a child with injuries about his body and immediately contacted the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service. There was a joint response by both Agencies and the matter is being treated with the sensitivity and confidentiality it requires.

The Authority notes with deep concern, that physical abuse is one of the highest types of abuse being reported to our Hotline. Although the Children Act 2012 permits only parents (and guardians) to apply 'reasonable' corporal punishment of children while forbidding its use by anyone else, the reports of physical abuse against children are often far outside anything permissible.

The public is reminded that if they have any concerns or suspicions about a child's safety, they should make a report to our Hotline at 996 or 800-2014.