Media Releases

Children’s Authority investigating report of abuse

Date: 2016-01-29

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago says its investigation process is underway after it was notified by the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, of a report of child abuse

The child, whose father is pleading for her return, was removed by the Child Protection Unit of the Police Service, pursuant to Section 45 of the Children Act.

The Authority assures the public that its processes are child-friendly, family focussed and respectful of the rights of parents and children. The matter is being treated with the sensitivity and confidentiality which it deserves.

The public is reminded that child protection is everyone's responsibility and reports of abuse can be made to the Police or the Authority's hotline at 996 or 800-2014.

Children’s Authority provides support services to baby and family

Date: 2016-01-19

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

Children’s Authority disturbed by content in video on social media

Date: 2016-01-11

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago finds the content of a video circulating on social media, involving a teenaged girl, very disturbing.

As soon as the video was posted to social media, the Authority's Emergency Response Team was alerted and the Tobago branch of the Child Protection Unit was contacted to investigate the incident.

The Authority is treating the matter with the established procedures, while affording it the sensitivity that it deserves, for the protection and privacy of the child involved.

The Authority is pleading with parents and guardians to pay close attention to stories of abuse from their children and don't dismiss their claims of abuse as untruths.

Responding positively to a child's claim can save the child from further harm.

All incidents of child abuse should be reported to the Police or to the Authority's hotline, 996 or 800-2014.

Children's Authority commends concerned neighbour

Date:  2015-12-29

The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago commends the concerned neighbour who brought to the public's attention the plight of a child who was made homeless last week.

The Authority has received the child into its care and is treating the matter with the sensitivity and confidentiality which it deserves.

The public is once again reminded that child protection is everyone's business. Therefore, anyone with information about a child being abused should make a report to the Police or the Authority at 996 or 800-2014.

Children’s Authority advises public to respect privacy of children at Community Residences

Date: 2015-12-01

Children's Authority advises public to respect privacy of children at Community Residences

It has become part of the culture of Trinidad and Tobago for corporate and private citizens to donate gifts and bring cheer to children in residential care.

However, the Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CA) is advising the public that when they visit Community Residences (Children's Homes and Rehabilitation Centres) they should respect the rights and privacy of the children. In particular, children should not be photographed in a manner that can lead to their identification since many children who reside at the residences include:

  • Children who are placed for safekeeping and protection;
  • Children in conflict with the law; or
  • Children who are the subject of on-going investigations.

The Authority is reminding the public that child protection is everybody's business and we should always consider what is in the best interest of the child.