THE statistics of child abuse in the country haunts us to make a difference and be agents to impact positive changes to our children.
Social Welfare permanent secretary Dr Joe Koroivueta made the remarks at the launch of the Child Protection Guidelines for health workers in Fiji at the Tanoa Plaza in Suva on Wednesday.
"Everyone needs protection as long as they live and in whatever the setting or the circumstance," he said.
"The changing social landscape in Fiji mandates us to respond responsibly to bring about change so that children are nurtured in an environment conducive to play, work, study, live and grow.
"Children are special in that their need for protection in totality is much greater and so dependent on their parents and guardians."
He said family life was vital to providing an enriching environment for the grooming of a child and it was an environment of trust, love, care, fellowship, hope, security and solidarity.
He added this was the institution so well placed to address child protection and what shaped it was subject to the environment that the parents acquired in totality.
"The issue of child protection is greatly needed in looking at children who are disabled, disadvantaged and the poor.
"The trauma of violence in children of whatever the nature can no longer be ignored. It is so necessary to devise solutions to impact to change the social landscape for children."