Children's Authority commends concerned neighbour
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
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.
Children’s Authority saddened by reports of crimes against children
The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is saddened by the various reports of violent crimes committed against children. The Authority also extends condolences to the family of the child who lost her life in Diego Martin earlier today.
With respect to the child who is currently in hospital following Monday's murder-suicide in Penal, the Authority has been in contact with officials at the San Fernando General Hospital to obtain a status update. In keeping with established protocols, the Authority will wait for the child to be discharged and referred to our care by the Medical and Social Work Department.
Meanwhile, the Authority has been in contact with officers of the Child Protection Unit, Tobago, in connection with the report of attempted rape of a 7-year-old girl.
The matter is being addressed with the sensitivity and confidentiality which it requires.
Children’s Authority responds to videos on social media
The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago finds the content of videos circulating on social media, which involve children, very disturbing.
Once the videos were brought to our attention, the Authority contacted the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service to conduct investigations. The Authority’s Emergency Response Team has been placed on standby to support the CPU as necessary.
In keeping with the established process, if it is determined that the children are in need of care and protection, the Authority will intervene as appropriate in the best interest of the children.
Meanwhile, the Authority is reminding the public that child protection is everybody’s business. Therefore, the Authority is appealing to the public to report videos of child abuse to the Police.
Children’s Authority condemns abuse of toddler
The Children's Authority of Trinidad and Tobago condemns the actions of a man who was seen physically abusing a toddler, in a video posted on social media.
As soon as the report was received, the Authority's Emergency Response Team was alerted to make contact with the child's family.
While the Child Protection Unit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service is investigating the incident, the Authority is working with the mother and the child to provide the necessary support which includes medical treatment and counselling.
The Authority is once again appealing to parents and guardians to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of their children.