How many children abused a year?January 21st, 2009 - 1:22 am ICT by admin
On an average of a year, 93 children a year are abused by adults or their parents in the last five years, with the number rising to 114 in 2008 by the poll in Singapore.
Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports Vivian Balakrishnan, who gave these figures in a written reply to a question from Tampines GRC MP Sin Boon Ann in Parliament on Monday, said: ‘Every single child that is abused is one child too many.’
He also said , “there is a a comprehensive framework in place that focuses on prevention, early detection and effective treatment of children who may be abused”. Social workers, health care professionals, police officers, educators and those in regular contact with children are trained to detect signs of abuse and to refer potential cases for thorough investigation.
Also in place is a school assembly programme to raise awareness on family violence among primary school students. Under this programme, social workers from the Centre for Promoting Alternatives to Violence (PAVe) engaged the students by providing more information on family violence and available help channels.
MCYS also focuses on early intervention strategies through the Integrated Healthy Start Programme, which targets ‘high risk’ children up to six years from dysfunctional families. This programme provides for early detection and intervention in reducing family stressors and potential family problems.
Dr Balakrishnan also urged parents who face challenges in parenting to seek help from the nearest Family Service Centre (FSC), and the community to play a role.
He advised anyone who suspects that a child has been abused to call the Child Protection Service helpline at 1800 258 6378 or lodge a police report.
‘We must all do our part to protect our children,’ he said.
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