Number of missing children decline - OCR
The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) is reporting a decline of 19 per cent in the number of children reported missing for the period January to June 2014, when compared to the corresponding period in 2013.
This was disclosed by Registrar of the OCR, Greig Smith, during a press conference held at the Office of the Prime Minister, yesterday.
Smith said 984 children were reported missing for the period January to June 2014 and of this amount, 614 have since returned.
However, two of the missing children were found dead and 368 are still missing.
Smith noted that despite the decline in the number of missing children, the OCR is mindful that there is still a lot of work to be done.
He says to improve the rate of recovery for missing children, the OCR initiated search and rescue training across the island on a phased basis.
Smith also informed that the OCR will be printing and distributing 3,000 copies of search and rescue protocol manuals.
In the meantime, Smith also informed that preliminary data indicate that 11,000 and 18 reports of child abuse were received by the OCR for the period January to December 2013.
He said this represents an increase of 26 per cent over the 2012 period.
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