TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Parents urged to protect children over vacation - EntornoInteligente

News day / “What we need is better protection for our children and that can only come through better supervision of them, especially over the vacation period as so many of them are home from school,” she told Newsday yesterday.

Paul implored parents to perform the necessary checks on their children for signs of abuse and be vigilant of any changes in physical or behavioural characteristics.

She said subtle changes such as a child’s eating habits could be a hint of some distress.

Newsday also spoke to communications manager of the Children’s Authority, Cheryl Moses-William, who said the authority remains committed to ensuring the safety of children and was prepared to carry out the necessary investigations in collaboration with the Child Protection Unit in cases of child abuse or neglect. She explained that the findings from such investigations are what determine the removal of a child from the care of parents.

“Once a report of child abuse or mistreatment is brought to the authority’s attention, the investigation process is initiated to substantiate or not substantiate the allegations with a view to determining whether the child is in need of care and protection and what interventions would be appropriate in the child’s best interest,” she said.

Moses-Williams said the authority’s investigations involve a rigorous, in-depth assessment of the caregiver and other relatives to determine the child’s placement.

She said, “Once the investigation is completed, if the authority is of the view that the child is in need of care and protection and must be removed from the household, in the best interest of the child, the authority firstly will seek to place the child with other relatives. The placement is done after an assessment of the person’s suitability to adequately care for the child is completed.”

TRINIDAD Y TOBAGO: Parents urged to protect children over vacation

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