Children's Authority Appeals to Report Abuse to its Hotline
Recent reports have suggested that the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago failed to respond to a report of a child being used as a sex slave.
The Authority confirms that initial reports were made to its Hotline about the child, but these did not identify any concerns of child sexual abuse.
However, once that concern was identified following receipt of a media report yesterday, the Authority’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) was dispatched to investigate the new allegations made to the media.
The Authority has found child protection concerns and is taking steps to immediately address those concerns and ensure the child’s safety.
The Authority is appealing to the public to report all suspicions or incidents of abuse to our Hotline at 996 and 800-2014, as our intervention can only be initiated once a report is made.
Under the Children Act, 2012, the Authority is mandated to investigate all reports of abuse. Once a report of child abuse or mistreatment is brought to the Authority’s attention, the investigation process is initiated to substantiate or not substantiate the allegations with a view to determining whether the child is in need of care and protection and what interventions would be appropriate in the child’s best interest.