Child Abuse Prevention Month Recognised

The Department of Child and Family Services recognised April as Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is dedicated to raising awareness and preventing child abuse and neglect.

Minister of Social Development and Seniors Tinee Furbert stated, “It is important for our community to work together to strengthen families to prevent child abuse and neglect.”

“The Department of Child and Family Services’ vision is to protect children by strengthening families and works closely with Community Partners to ensure that Mandated Reporters are aware of their responsibilities as it relates to child abuse,” a spokesperson said.

“This past month, DCFS hosted a forum to educate mandated reporters on the various roles of DCFS and the duty of the mandated reporter to report all matters of child abuse.

“Additionally, DCFS provides child abuse investigations, interventions, and support for children and families in the community to ensure that no child suffers from maltreatment. The Department also responds appropriately to reports of child abuse and neglect to ensure that children are safe and at the same time promotes the integrity of the family.

“In 2021, the Department of Child and Family Services received 918 reports of child abuse and neglect. This year thus far 302 reports of child abuse and neglect have been received by the Department.”

Minister Furbert stated, “We have seen extremely concerning cases of child abuse and neglect being reported. It has been a difficult time for many in Bermuda, and the COVID Pandemic has put a strain on a number of families. We want to encourage those parents who are experiencing challenges in coping to reach out for support. Further, if there are individuals that are aware of abuse taking place against children, please reach out to the Department of Child and Family Services at 278-9111.”

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