Lack of protection mechanisms here to protect children from abuse – CFC director

Director of Child Fund Caribbean Francis Joseph says Dominica is continuing to fail to implement stringent social protection mechanisms to monitor and supervise young children here.

Joseph was speaking on the heels of a recent United Nations Children’s Fund project which indicated a massive increase in the number of children being sexually abused in Dominica.

February alone had a record number of 80 percent.

“To hear that the issue is on the increase is a serious concern that we are failing to put in place measures to help our children. The early intervention and detection required to reduce the suffering of our children is also lacking. We also need to have a system in place which will allow a networking between the Welfare Division, NGO’s hospitals and schools that those cases can first be reported,” Joseph said.

Joseph said he does not see a decrease in child sexual abuse in Dominica at this time.

According to him, the Dominican society has ignored the issue for a long time.

He has also expressed concerns about those who make out-of-court settlements.

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