The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago says while it still does not have the legal power to intervene and deliver services, citizens should report neglect and abuse to existing agencies.
In a statement, the Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago joins with the Maloney community in extending condolences to the family of 6-year-old Keyanna Cumberbatch, who was found dead at her home.on Thursday.
C.A.T.T. is appealing to citizens who know or suspect incidents of child abuse and neglect to contact the agencies that offer child protection services. These include the Police Service, Childline or the National Family Services Division of the Ministry of Gender, Youth and Child Development.
The Children’s Authority explains it is in the final stages of the preparatory work required for start-up in the coming months.
It notes the Authority has been recruiting staff and engaging key stakeholders to provide a more effective response to children at risk.
Meanwhile, Minister of Gender, Youth and child development, Clifton De Coteau, speaking in the parliament on Friday, said everyone must be involved in the protection of the nation’s children.