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More reports of child abuse

YVETTE BEST, [email protected]

More reports of child abuse

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THERE WERE MORE reported cases of child abuse in Barbados last year than in 2013, but officials are still claiming some element of success.

There were 77 more cases, bringing the total number to 1 745.

Stressing there was no joy in the additional cases, chairman of the national committee monitoring the Rights of the Child, Faith Marshall-Harris, said it possibly meant that more people were coming forward to report cases and that it was a “helpful sign”.

Marshall-Harris said she drafted the Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse protocol last year, which said people must report all incidents of child abuse wherever they see it.

She was speaking at the launch of activities for child month, which starts on Friday. (YB)