The Children’s Authority of Trinidad and Tobago is urging parents and guardians not to let their guard down in keeping children safe from abuse especially during the Christmas holidays.

It says the Authority continues to record a spike in reports of abuse following the closure of schools for holidays like Christmas, Easter and the July-August period.

In a media release CATT stated while the Authority encourages parents and guardians to ensure their children are left in the care of a responsible and trusted adult, it is important to note that perpetrators of abuse are usually known to children.

It added that children should be encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings so that they feel comfortable disclosing any incidents of abuse or inappropriate situations.

The statement also noted that teenagers, they should not be left to wander alone through Malls and shopping areas, as they can be easily targeted.