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Support children with special needs: PS

November 20, 2015 6:12 pm

Failure to supporting special needs children is considered a form of abuse and neglect says the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta.

Dr Koroivueta was speaking at the celebration of Universal Children’s Day and Awareness on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in Suva yesterday.

Dr Koroivueta also took the opportunity to promote the Child Help-Line 1325 which has been commissioned to cater for children especially those with special needs.

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“This is a facility so that voice of children can be heard, this is a facility that you can dial from anywhere in Fiji as long as you are near a telephone, and this is a facility whether using a Digicel, whether its a Vodafone, whether its an INKK, whether its a Digicel, or whether its a landline,you can basically dial the number and get counselling, you can report a case of abuse or violence or even parents can dial into the number to get advice on right parenting.”

Dr Koroivueta says the Ministry will continue to lead in the fight against child abuse and neglect – and committing to ensuring that children are protected from violence, exploitation and abuse.

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