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About the mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

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Child Abuse can be referred to as doing, or failing to do, something that results in harm to a child or puts a child at risk of harm.

Child Abuse can happen to any boy or girl and it is, therefore, our duty as a society to protect them.

One way of protecting children from abuse and neglect is by reporting.

Within our society, there are certain professional groups who are legally required to report actual and suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to the relevant authorities. They are called Mandated Reporters.

To learn more about the duties of a Mandated Reporter, keep on reading this article.

Who is a Mandated Reporter?

Section 27 of the Child Protection and Adoption Act, 2010, designates the following professionals as Mandated Reporters:

  • Medical Practitioners, Nurses, Dentists and other health/mental health practitioners;
  • Hospital Administrators;
  • School Principals, Teachers and other teaching professionals;
  • Social Workers and other social service professionals;
  • Owners, operators and employees of childcare services;
  • Guidance Counsellors; and
  • Any other person who by virtue of his/her employment or occupation has a responsibility to care for a child.

What are Mandated Reporters required to do?

Section 27 further states that Mandated Reporters must notify the proper authorities in any case in which they have reason to believe that a child is being abused or neglected or that conditions exist in a child’s environment that may result in abuse or neglect. The report must be made immediately, or as soon as reasonably possible.

Who do Mandated Reporters contact?

Information regarding actual or suspected cases child abuse and neglect must be reported to the Child Protection Authority (CPA), or to a police officer who is to report the information to the CPA.

The CPA is responsible for all investigations of a child protection nature, and the Police Department is responsible for all investigations of child abuse that are of a criminal nature. However, joint investigations involving both the police and the CPA is advisable in almost all cases of child abuse and neglect.

Types of abuse that must be reported include:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional/ psychological abuse
  • Neglect and abandonment
  • Exposure to domestic violence

Responsibilities of Mandated Reporters

Mandated Reporters are required only to report cases, and not investigate them. The correct course of action is to report to the relevant authorities so that trained personnel can investigate the matter and take the steps necessary.

The report should include:

  • The child’s name
  • The child’s age
  • The child’s home address or address where the child can be reached
  • The child’s parents’ names, phone numbers, and addresses, if known
  • The type of suspected abuse
  • The alleged perpetrator, if known
  • The specific physical and behavioural signs or indicators of the maltreatment

Please Note: You can report anonymously. You do not have to disclose your identity if you do not wish to.

Why does Mandatory Reporting exist?

Mandatory Reporting is in place to prevent children from being further abused and to end any possible abuse or neglect at the earliest possible stage.

About Failure to Report

A mandated reporter who fails to comply commits an offence. The penalty for failing to report is a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three months.

Can a person who is not a Mandated Reporter make a report?

Certainly! Even if you are not considered a mandated reporter, you are still encouraged to report child abuse. Consider it your social responsibility as your report can contribute to the end of abuse in a child’s life. Please note that the CPA cannot effectively perform its role when there is failure to report.

A famous African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child”, but it also takes a village to look out for a child, and part of looking out children is reporting actual and suspected cases of child abuse.

Reporting may be hard to do, but it is necessary.

We look forward to your wholehearted support as we join forces to steer Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique in the direction of zero tolerance for child abuse and neglect.

For more information on reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, feel free to contact the Child Protection Authority on 440-6980 or 435-0293.

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Grenada’s COVID-19 public health threat level raised to HIGH

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The Ministry of Health today announced that it has raised its public health threat alert level to HIGH.

ORANGE (High) level means VERY HIGH POSSIBILITY/EXPECTED and the condition applies when a credible threat of increased infectious diseases transmission (of an unusual virus activity/spread/outbreak, etc.) exists of disruptive public health activity/activities with a direct and specific threat against the health sector/country and its dependencies…

The decision was taken in accordance with the Ministry’s Infectious Diseases Public Health Threat Level Response Protocols, at the daily (COVID-19) Briefings with the Health Minister  Hon. Nickolas Steele and his team, managing the current threat of the coronavirus.

In taking the decision the MOH considered the Caribbean Public Health Agency’s (CARPHA) situation report #15, which concluded that the risk for the Caribbean is now Moderate to High.

Grenadian health authorities, keeping a very close eye on outbreak of COVID-19 indicated that they are also tracking travellers from Japan, South Korea, Iran, Singapore, and Italy, which have seen steady increases in the number of confirmed COVID-19) cases.

The MOH said it is presently monitoring the situation in the rest of Europe, the United States, North and South America, and any other region where community transmission has been established.

Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Francis Martin, told the GIS that at this time all options are being considered and the system is in full response mode.

The Ministry, acting on sound advice from its local, regional and international public health experts, reminds the Grenadian public that its Importation Transmission Watch (ITW), remains in full effect for the entire tri-island.

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IRD keeping in touch with the sister isles

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The Inland Revenue Division (IRD) is encouraging the citizens of Carriacou and Petite Martinique to take advantage of its visit to the island from Monday 2 to Friday, 6 March 2020.

A team from the IRD will be conducting an Outreach Office at the District Revenue Office in Hillsborough, where the general public will be able to:

  • Register businesses
  • File objections for property tax
  • Obtain clarity/information on any tax-related matter including assistance with the completion of tax returns

Tax advisory for businesses will also be conducted.

All residents, agents and/or representatives of properties on the Sister Isles that have to be assessed for Transfer Tax are advised to contact the Division via telephone on 435-6945/6, 435-1905 or email at gndird@ird.gd to facilitate same.

Inland Revenue Division – Striving for Greater Taxpayer Compliance.

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St David’s Day celebrations 2020

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The Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation (VPCO) will be hosting St David’s Day celebrations from 1–8 March 2020.

Activities kick off on 1 March with a church service from 10 am at the Petite Bacaye RC Church, St David. On 8 March, celebrations go into full mode at the organisation’s home, Marlmount Big Yard, from 3 pm. There will be an exhibition featuring arts, crafts, agricultural produce, and more. Individuals in the parish and organisations who have made an impact in various areas will also be recognised. The event will culminate with performances from calypso and soca artistes and a live band from the parish.

 

Additionally, during the month of March, VPCO’s Facebook page will highlight groups, organisations, companies and individuals who have made significant contributions towards the development of the parish.

The Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation (VPCO) is an organisation made up of individuals committed to the development of sports and culture in the parish of St David. Our current focus is on raising the standard of events that are part of our parish way of life. 1 March is recognised as St David’s Day.

Follow the Virgin Parish Cultural Organisation on Facebook for updates.

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