The Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC) is hoping to raise awareness of child abuse this April, as it is the month dedicated for that specific purpose.
This month has been dubbed Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and is being celebrated under the theme, “Empowering families and communities to keep children safe.”
“What we are saying is it is the responsibility of each and every citizen of Grenada to be involved in child protection,” said Chairman of GNCRC Ann Greaves.
She said for this month, the GNCRC will be engaging in presentations to schools and a pediatric clinic.
“We are having some difficulties setting up the meeting with the schools but we are very hopeful that we will be targeting at least one school in each parish,” she added.
“The element of the presentation will be two fold: we will be actually telling children about their rights, how to keep safe, we’ll be talking about safe touches, being able to tell others of any abuse that is actually taking place.”
According to Greaves, the presentation at the Pediatric Clinic will take place almost at the end of the month.
“We will be targeting children who are in need so in a sense it’s a very preventative measure. We have had one Pediatric Clinic before and it was a huge success and it was a couple years ago as part of our activities for Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and because it was a huge success we are embarking on doing so again this month,” said Greaves.
She said with the pediatricians that are on board they are hoping to see 20 or more children.
Director of the Child Protection Authority, Kallon Simon who welcomed the month said more people are reporting child abuse as compared to years ago.
“Up to 2-3 years ago, I don’t think child protection matters that child abuse was in the forefront and in particular last year, Mrs. Greaves and others have been in the public domain and the fact that we would have launched a national protocol for child abuse and the fact that we are constantly in the media, we are now recording child abuse and more people are coming forward with informing about child abuse,” he said.
He said in recognition of Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, the Child Protection Authority will engage in a march in Carriacou.