Interact with your children, parents urged


THERE is an urgent need for parents to interact with their children and take time out to listen to them.

The call from the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation comes in the wake of shocking statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions on child sexual offence victims.

On procedures in place to handle child sex offences, a statement from the ministry said once reported, the area welfare officer was notified and he or she would initially conduct a risk or need assessment on the child.

“This is to determine the safety of the child victim,” the ministry said.

“If he or she is deemed not safe, then the next step is for the officer to apply for a care order in court.”

The Child Welfare Act also mandated professionals to notify relevant authorities about cases of abuse.

The Act emphasises that cases of child abuse be attended to within a given time frame.

The ministry stressed it continued to conduct sexual awareness programs in communities and in organisations upon request.

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