91 cases of child abuse in first quar­ter: MoSD

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The Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment (MoSD) re­ceived 91 child abuse cases in the first quar­ter of 2017.

Of th­ese, 12 were re­ported di­rectly by the chil­dren, while 79 were re­ported by peo­ple re­lated to the af­fected chil­dren.

The min­istry dealt with 299 cases of child abuse in 2016. The cases were re­ported on the child abuse hot­line 1100. “Of the total 91 cases, 23 were re­gard­ing phys­i­cal abuse, 20 for psy­cho­log­i­cal abuse, nine for sex­ual abuse and 39 for ne­glect,” Shams bint Said Hamoud al Ha­jri, di­rec­tor of Fam­ily Pro­tec­tion De­part­ment in MoSD, said.

She said that the max­i­mum num­ber of cases of abuse were re­ported in Mus­cat (46), fol­lowed by South Bati­nah (12).

Shams said that the cases are trans­ferred to child pro­tec­tion com­mit­tees to be fol­lowed up with the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties. “Some chil­dren need im­me­di­ate so­cial, psy­cho­log­i­cal and med­i­cal treat­ment. There are cases which call for im­me­di­ate in­ter- ven­tion by child pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials. In such cases, the abused child is shifted to Dar al We­faq (tem­po­rary care house) in the Fam­ily Pro­tec­tion De­part­ment. This house is ded­i­cated for the pro­tec­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the abused child.”

Shams said that the hot­line ser­vice is op­er­a­tional 24x7. “We en­sure full con­fi­den­tial­ity of the com­plaint and the caller. It’s a free line. De­pend­ing upon the com­plaint, it is for­warded to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.”

She said that there is a Child Pro­tec­tion Com­mit­tee in each of the 11 gov­er­norates of the sul­tanate. “Child pro­tec­tion of­fi­cers too have been ap­pointed in ac­cor­dance with the Min­is­te­rial De­ci­sion No 43/2016. Th­ese of­fi­cers visit fam­i­lies or child­care in­sti­tu­tions from time to time.”

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