Children’s Registry urges more supervision of children
The Office of the Children’s Registry is reminding parents and guardians to ensure that their children are properly supervised and receive adequate attention during the remainder of the summer holiday.
The agency has issued the reminder following the drowning of an eight-year-old boy in St Mary on the weekend.
The OCR notes that parents are more likely to leave their children at home unsupervised during the summer period, when school is out.
It says this may result in harm or injury to the children and as such should not be practiced.
The Office says between 2007 and 2012, it received more than 16,000 reports of neglect with most of these cases resulting from inadequate supervision.
The OCR is warning parents that under the Child Care and Protection Act they may be charged up to one million dollars or face up to five years of imprisonment if they are found guilty of neglect.
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