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500 Cases Of Child Abuse

Around 500 cases of child abuse have been recorded in 2014 by the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation. Its Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said the cases were
03 Jan 2015 12:42
500 Cases Of Child Abuse

Around 500 cases of child abuse have been recorded in 2014 by the Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

Its Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta said the cases were recorded starting from the beginning of 2014 which meant an average of 53 cases in a month.

“The increased reporting is a result of the increased in awareness and mandatory reporting through the Child Welfare Decree,” Dr Koroivueta said.

He said in most cases the perpetrators were known to the children.

“In some cases it is from within the family, physical abuse whilst in some cases it was by relatives or someone from outside so it varies.”

“The Government has put in place legislations like the Child Welfare Decree to ensure mandatory reporting of cases by child care professionals like medical officers, police officers, social welfare officers, lawyers and teachers.”

Dr Koroivueta said they were also addressing this issue through a number of legislation and initiatives.

“We have the Juvenile Act, the Crimes decree, the Child Welfare Decree which now helps us protect our children that’s the part of legislation.”

He said every year social welfare officers’ work together with relevant agencies like the Fiji Police to raise community awareness on child protection, positive parenting and the need for elimination of violence against women and children.

Meanwhile, a National Coordinating Committee on Children spearheaded by the Ministry is also working with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labour and non-government organisations to combat all forms of child labour and child abuse and neglect.

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