Even though the T&T Police Service reported a 12 per cent decrease in reports of serious crimes against children in 2018, former chairman of the Children's Authority Stephanie Daly said this does not mean that fewer crimes are being committed against children.
In an interview, Daly said the recent statistics cannot be interpreted to mean there is an actual decrease or increase of child abuse in T&T.
Police say the Child Protection Unit (CPU) of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) has registered a 45% reduction in the number of youths or children charged for criminal offences for the comparative period January 1st to May 19th, 2017, and January 1st to May 19th, 2018.
Woman Sgt Michelle Lewis of the Child Protection Unit told a news conference today that the total number of child offenders for the periods are 96 and 53 respectively.
The Cyber Crime Unit of the Police Service is waiting with bated breath for the passing and proclamation of the Cybercrime Bill 2017 as it will assist directly in its respective investigations.
This was yesterday disclosed by Sgt Daniel Hernandez of the Cyber Crime Unit during the weekly police press briefing held at the Police Administration Building, in Port-of-Spain.
Hernandez said that as for now they are “a bit challenged” as they have to rely on other pieces of legislation.
More than 200 students from ten primary schools in Arima, were today treated to a special viewing of the blockbuster movie, Blank Panther at the Caribbean Cinemas 8, Trincity Mall.
The viewing was an initiative of Education Minister and Member of Parliament for Arima, Anthony Garcia.
The group of Standard Five Students was selected from the Arima Girls’ Government, Arima Boys’ Government, Arima Boys’ R.C, Arima Girls’ R.C, Arima Hindu Primary, Arima Centenary Primary, Blancisseuse Government Primary, Brasso-Seco R.C, Aripo R.C and Santa Rosa Government Primary Schools.
The Ministry of Health is advising citizens that a few suspected cases of Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease have recently been reported in a small group of children at a specific location in Trinidad.
The ministry says there is no serious public health risk for Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD) at this time.
The symptoms of HFMD are:
• painful sores in the mouth
• a rash with blisters on hands, feet and buttocks
For over 60 years, the Princess Elizabeth Centre in Woodbrook has served as a home for physically handicapped children.
The compound contains a modern operating theatre, dormitories, outpatient clinic, orthopaedic workshop and expansive grounds that can be used for sports and family days. The centre also offers primary schooling, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
Children with spinal and other physical disabilities from T&T and other Caribbean countries are also taken to the centre for corrective surgery.