Media Releases

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. 

Children’s Authority condemns abuse of toddler

Date: 2015-10-22

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.

Children's Authority says respect child's right to privacy

Date: 2015-09-16

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CA) wishes to advise the public that once the Barrackpore teenager was referred to the Authority as a child in need of care and protection, we responded by providing  consistent and strong support to the child.

We have also been providing support to the other six (6) children in the family.

The Authority is treating this matter with the sensitivity and confidentiality which it requires.

Given the adverse impact of the publicity upon the child, we urge all members of the public to respect the child’s right to privacy and confidentiality and afford her the opportunity to heal.

We have also been providing support to the other six (6) children in the family.

Children’s Authority calls on the public to report suspected child abuse

Date: 2015-08-20

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (CA) is once again appealing to the public to report cases of child abuse by calling its hotline 996 or 800-2014.

In the first three months of operations, the Authority has received over 1300 reports - in other words, the Authority has received more reports in three months than any other state agency would have recorded for all of last year. We are encouraged by the response of the public and continue to remind all that child protection is everybody’s business including, family, friends and neighbours.

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