Media Releases

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.

Children’s Authority saddened by reports of crimes against children

Date: 2015-11-17

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

Date: 2015-11-11

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.