Rising unemployment may be contributing to an increase in child abuse across the country says vice president of the Rapid Fire Kidz Foundation Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan as she vowed to partner with the Children's Authority to save abused children.
The Children's Authority is planning to set up a base in Tobago by the end of September.
Speaking during the rapidfire kid's foundation dinner last evening, the authority's Chairman Hanif Benjamin said in the last two years there were 260 reported cases of child abuse in Tobago. But speaking with cnc3 news, Mr Benjamin said he is also concerned with the cases that go unreported. He said two centres in Tobago should address that.
Another video posted to Facebook has sparked a debate about whether a man used excessive force against 2 children.
The video, which is 1 minute, 46 seconds long, has gained over 4,500 views.
The girl, who sustained an injury to her hand, is seen in the video showing it to someone recording the incident.
The man who is seen dragging the child in the video is identified as "big pin."
The unidentified man then turned his attention on a young boy, dragging him by his collar and chasing him out the yard.
The Gender and Child Affairs Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister is calling for a breaking of the silence in relation to abuse of children.
Reports this week point to the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old child.
The Office of the Prime Minister issued this statement today:
"The Honourable Prime Minister and Minister of State are saddened by the reports in the daily newspapers concerning the safety of our nation’s children.