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182 child welfare cases

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, August 21, 2014

THE Ministry of Social Welfare has recorded 182 child welfare cases so far this year.

Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the increase in reports was a result of the increase in community awareness and the mandatory reporting of cases under the Child Welfare Decree.

Dr Luveni said these latest statistics also reflected the growing awareness with more people coming forward to report child abuse.

Of the 182 cases, 96 cases involved sexual abuse. The remaining 86 cases were of child neglect.

"Compared to last year, in the first two quarters of this year there was an increase of 32 cases reported, which reflects that people are reporting more now," Dr Luveni said.

"The issues of violence and abuse are no longer treated as a confidential matter, people are now reporting these cases and the communities have also been empowered to report such cases."

Compared with the first quarter last year, 33 abuse and neglect cases were reported, the vast majority from within villages.





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