Children to be removed from parents in extreme neglect cases
June 26, 2019 6:42 am
The Child Services Department has removed children from their parents in extreme child neglect cases and warns it will continue to do so if the need arises.
Child Services Acting Director, Ela Tukutukulevu says negligent parents and guardians are being warned to pay the utmost attention to children and not leave the youngsters vulnerable and resort to abuse.
Tukutukulevu reveals that over 1500 cases of child negligence have been recorded in the last six years.
“If need be, the child is removed from home and placed in children’s homes and when they are victims, when they come into our care, that does not stop us, they continue, what’s priority for us is the education, so if we have to change their school, we change the school, change the environment for them.”
The trend shows that while 2018 saw a drop in child neglect cases, it still was the leading cause of child welfare issues which stood at 275.
Meanwhile, the Child Services Department has recorded a total of 838 child abuse cases last year.