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Ministry Focuses On Child Abuse, Neglect

Incidences of child abuse have increased over the years and the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) campaign reinforces the message on positive parenting and protection of children. These
15 Nov 2014 00:10
Ministry Focuses On Child Abuse, Neglect
Merewalesi Moore with grandson Christopher Moore during the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect awareness session at Vatuwaqa’s Nakelo Settlement. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Incidences of child abuse have increased over the years and the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (PCAN) campaign reinforces the message on positive parenting and protection of children.

These were the words of Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation welfare officer, Tima Lewanavanua, at Saioni Hall, Nakelo Settlement, in Vatuwaqa on Thursday.

“This year the ministry has recorded a total of 38 sexual abuse cases, 21 physical abuses, 53 child neglect case, 32 teenage pregnancies, two attempted suicides, four victims of parental conflict and 17 others,” Ms Lewanavanua said.

She said these numbers were only those of reported cases and there may be others unreported happening elsewhere in the country.

“It is important that everyone understands the importance of child protection and that is why we are now going to communities and raising awareness on these critical issues.”

Through the campaigns, Ms Lewanavanua said, the committees would continue to work towards the celebration of children’s rights and educating communities on ways to eliminate child abuse and neglect.

PCAN is a much-awaited programme in the ministry’s calendar, she said and the nation is commemorating it on November 19 with the theme “Make Time to Guide a Child”.

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