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Children be wary of your parents

BY KARLA JOSEPHS Observer staff reporter josephsk@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, September 14, 2012 | 3:04 PM    

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MONTEGO, BAY, St James - Registrar to the Office of the Children’s Registry Greig Smith says that most cases of child abuse come from parents.

Smith was speaking at the ‘Every child is my child’ Community Forum and Expo held in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, last Thursday.

According to Smith it will be a difficult but necessary task to tell children to be wary of their parents.

“Most of those suspected offenders who are abusing our children are within the home,’ he said. “It is going to be hard coming from the Registrar and from the Ministry that we will have to tell the children to be careful of their parents. It is hard but I will have to do it,” Smith cautioned.

The Registrar also encouraged children to “speak out” about abuse.

 “Children, speak out. Share information with someone you can confide in so that the Office of the Children’s Registry can move on your report and have your case registered to the Child Development Agency and the Office of the Children’s Advocate for investigation and intervention.” he urged.

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