Children’s organisations have resources, need support

Children of Muana-i-Cake from left, Setareki Matai, 9, Jiuta Kacilala, 8, Mavoa Sei, 7, Josefa Saunilotu, 11, and Benjamin Joshua, 13, enjoy themselves at the beach in Fulaga, Ono-i-Lau. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Children of Muana-i-Cake from left, Setareki Matai, 9, Jiuta Kacilala, 8, Mavoa Sei, 7, Josefa Saunilotu, 11, and Benjamin Joshua, 13, enjoy themselves at the beach in Fulaga, Ono-i-Lau. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

SAVE the Children Fiji project Manager Amita Prasad while making her submissions on the Online Safety Bill before the parliamentary standing committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights yesterday  said most organisations that deal with issues regarding children have the resources to handle those cases.

Ms Prasad in her recommendation to the Committee said organisations such as the Fiji Police Force’s Sexual Offence Unit and the Cyber Crime Unit, as well as the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have resources and personnel within their Organisations that can handle cases regarding children in a professional and proper manner but the resources and personnel needs to be enhanced and strengthened.

She explained that instead of establishing a separate Commission to handle cases regarding children, it would be timely to enhance resources and personnel in the already existing organisations.

Ms Prasad was accompanied by Kids Link Fiji member Rosely Sidal. Kids Link Fiji is a branch of the Save the Children Fiji which consists of children between the ages of 12 to 17 as members.

“We know that there are specialist in the Fiji Police Force in the Sexual Offences Unit and the Cybercrime Unit and Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation has powers in relation to children,” she said.

“What we were suggesting is for their resources to be enhanced or strengthened and if you need more specialists if their human resources could be included. But in those existing mechanisms instead of establishing a separate commission.”

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