Parents Be Alert!
Parents and caregivers are advised that it is dangerous to leave children unattended in places and with people whom they may consider harmless.
The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is issuing the advice, as children begin their long vacation period.
The Authority notes that perpetrators of abuse tend to frequent places where they can have easy access to children. As such, the Authority is urging parents and caregivers to pay close attention to the adults their children interact with and to keep an open line of communication with children, so that they feel comfortable informing them of any inappropriate incidents.
Parents and guardians are also asked to allow their children to enjoy the holidays and not be placed with the burden of caring for their siblings. The Authority notes that too often unfortunate incidents take place when children are left to care for each other. The Authority advises that according to Section 4 of the Children Act, 2012, a person can also be charged with neglect for exposing a child “in a manner likely to cause that child suffering or injury to his physical, mental or emotional health”.
Meanwhile, the Authority commends members of the public who have highlighted cases of child abuse. It continues to urge citizens to report all incidents or suspicions of abuse to the Police at 999 or to the Authority’s hotline at 996 or 800-2014.