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Report child abuse not just of your biological child

Published:Monday | February 2, 2015 | 12:26 PM

Registrar at the Office of the Children’s Registry, Grieg Smith, is reminding adults that they can be prosecuted for failing to report instances of child abuse.

He issued the reminder as he reacted to the recent deaths of at least five children across Jamaica under tragic circumstances.

He singled out an incident in Westmoreland in which the dismembered body of a 14 year-old schoolgirl was found and reports that she may have been pregnant.

Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 this morning, Smith said adults who knew about the girl’s situation but failed to make a report could face prosecution.

He stresses that adults should be aware that they have to honour their responsibilities to report on cases that do not only involve their biological children.

Under the Child Care and Protection Act, persons who have information causing them to suspect a child has been, is being/is likely to be abandoned, neglected or, physically or sexually ill-treated or are in need of care and protection must make a report to the relevant authorities.

Persons guilty of committing that offence could be fined 500,000 or be imprisoned for up to six months.

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