The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is very concerned about the alarming and increasing trend of violence affecting children.
It said many children have suffered injuries, loss of life, abuse and neglect, as a result of violent acts committed against them by adults or among adults.
In a media release on Tuesday the Authority said this is evident by yet another incident in which a 13-year-old boy was stabbed in his eye while attempting to rescue his mother from an attack.
The release said the child, who is currently receiving treatment in hospital, will be visited by the Authority’s officers who will provide the necessary interventions following his recuperation.
It said, “As a society, we must make all efforts to protect children, reduce their risk of exposure to violence, and other dangerous situations.”
The Authority said while this vigilance is the primary responsibility of parents and care givers, we need to use the entire village of trusted adults (parents, relatives and teachers) to ensure that child protection is everybody’s business.
The Authority urges the national community to report any incidents of violence or criminal activity which may affect the safety of a child to the Police Service at 999 or the Authority at 996.