Children’s Authority: All Reports of Abuse at Children’s Homes Are Investigated

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Children’s Authority: All Reports of Abuse at Children’s Homes Are Investigated

The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago assures the public it remains concerned about all allegations of child abuse.

It says once the Authority receives an allegation relating to sexual or physical abuse at a Children’s Home, that matter is referred to the Police for criminal investigation while the Authority conducts a psycho-social investigation.

In a media release on Wednesday the Authority said as indicated in a viral social media video, it did investigate an allegation of grooming of children by a staff member at the St. Jude’s Home for Girls.

This was conducted by the Licensing and Monitoring Unit.

The Authority also noted the action taken by the Management of the Home to protect the children in their care.

The Authority advises it is mandated to licence and monitor Children’s Homes and conduct regular announced and unannounced monitoring visits to the Homes.

Human resource issues at the Homes are addressed exclusively by the Management and Board of each Home.

The Authority maintains its commitment to working with all Homes to ensure they provide for the safety, security and welfare of the children in their care.

The Authority says although social media provides an opportunity to share information and opinions, it is urging the public to maintain the privacy and anonymity of children who have been abused or are at risk of abuse.

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