Cases of chil­dren in need of state’s pro­tec­tion on the rise

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SARIKEI: The num­ber of cases of chil­dren in need of care or pro­tec­tion due to abuse or ne­glect is on the rise in the state.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ur­ban Plan­ning, Land Ad­min­is­tra­tion and En­vi­ron­ment Datu Len Talif Salleh said the num­ber of cases in­creased by 11.9 per cent from 4,453 in 2015 to 4,982 last year.

As such he called for ef­forts to pro­tect chil­dren from fall­ing vic­tim to crime and abuse to be in­ten­si­fied.

“Such a need be­comes more press­ing as we are aware that many chil­dren are ex­posed to var­i­ous crimes such as neg­li­gence, tor­ture and ex­ploita­tion in the forms of phys­i­cal, sex­ual or emo­tional abuse,” he said when of­fi­ci­at­ing at the Smart Friend Work­shop themed ‘Safe and Pro­tect’ or­gan­ised by the Wel­fare Depart­ment for stu­dents re­cently.

He poi nted out t hat t he gov­ern­ment has amended the Chi ld Act 2001 to the Chi ld (Amend­ment) Act 2016, en­forced the Sex­ual Of­fences Against Chil­dren Act 2017, pro­vided the Tal­lian Kasih 15999, and set up the spe­cial court to deal with sex­ual crimes against chil­dren.

Len Talif stressed that the im­ple­men­ta­tion and en­force­ment of poli­cies and laws to pro­tect chil­dren from abuse or neg­a­tive inf lu­ences need to be car­ried out.

The work­shop in­volved stu­dents aged 12 to 16.

Among those present were Sarikei Res­i­dent Mohd Ju­naidi Mo­hidin and divi­sional wel­fare of­fi­cer Tang Kee Lee.

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