SEXUAL-related offences committed on minors by their relatives are a grave concern, one which the Fiji Police Force is working to tackle.
And it has suggested that parents and guardians play an active role in supervising their children at all times.
While the police have yet to update their statistics on such offences, relationship-related offences committed on minors were becoming an issue.
For the Northern Division, police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro yesterday said they have recorded 18 cases of such offences committed on minors under the age of 16 as of last year.
"This is not only an issue in the North but throughout the country and it is a concern that those who are in a position of trust are the ones who are committing these offences," she said.
"All the suspects have been arrested, charged and produced in court.
"The fact that the cases continue to be recorded is something the Fiji Police Force is concerned about and we are trying everything we can to eradicate the problem."
Ms Naisoro said they continued to stress the need for women and children to be better protected in the community.
"During our awareness campaigns, we are constantly stressing the need for our women and children to be protected from such crimes.
"The trauma a victim has to endure is unimaginable and as law enforcers, we admit we are not equipped to deal with the issue."
Ms Naisoro called on parents and guardians to look after their children properly.