Media Releases

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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The Children’s Authority to assess children following their mother’s suicide

Date: 2015-08-14

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago extends condolences to the family of Sherry Ann Seecharan who committed suicide yesterday. The Authority has sent a team of specialists to provide support for the well-being of the woman’s children.

The team comprises a trauma specialist, social worker and a psychologist who will provide therapeutic and psycho-social support for the children in coping with their loss.

Read more: The Children’s Authority to assess children following their mother’s suicide

Children’s Authority appeals to adults to do more to safeguard children

Date: 2015-08-07

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is horrified by recent media reports of a child who was fatally shot in Diego Martin and extends condolences to the child’s family.

Although the Authority did not receive a report about the incident, its Emergency Response Team has been in contact with the police. The Authority’s staff is on standby to provide support to the children who were involved in the incident.

The Authority endorses the Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development’s reminder about the significant penalties in the recently proclaimed Children Act 2012 for a person who fails to take reasonable precautions to guard against a child having access to arms and ammunition and suffers injury or death or causes serious or grievous bodily harm to another person.

The Authority is once again appealing to parents and guardians to supervise their children and be extremely vigilant in ensuring the safety of their children, especially during the school holiday.