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Child cases could be avoided if parents are more vigilant – Police

January 18, 2019 7:29 am

Police are calling on parents to be more vigilant and responsible in supervising their children.

This comes after the Child Services Unit recorded 748 cases involving children.

Police Chief of Operations, ACP Maretino Qiolevu says all these cases could have been easily avoided if parents played their part.

“Our advice to parents is to try and have more quality time with their children. Sometimes children are left to spend time with their peers and they follow their peers and also on the use of technology, Facebook, I think parents should be more responsible and spend more time to monitor what their children are exposing themselves when they are using their mobile phones.”

Child Services Assistant Director, Ela Tukutukulevu says there are some cases in which there were fatalities which are under investigation.

“Deaths happen because of negligence of parents we’ve had cases of children drowning in drains, drowning in bath tubs and so forth and this is because when we as parents when we don’t take seriously the care of our children.”

Tukutukulevu says the Social Welfare Department received most of these reports from hospitals.

She says they work with Police and other Departments in terms of referrals in the best interest of the child.