Children's Authority: Child care is everybody's business

The Children's Authority is reminding adults of the responsibility they have the care of children, in light of the deaths of three children this week.
 
The authority says it is saddened by the recent deaths this week, which have highlighted the need for greater vigilance regarding the care and protection of all children.
 
"Parents and guardians are once again reminded to ensure that they put measures in place for their children whether at camps, family outings or at home," the authority said in a statement issued on Friday.
 
It gave the following guidelines;
 
• Children should be placed in the care of trusted and responsible adults
• Older children should not be left to supervise younger ones
• Know the whereabouts of your children at all times, including older teens
• Keep an open line of communication with children so they can inform you if they have been abused 
• Teach children the correct names of their body parts so they can inform you if they have been inappropriately touched
 
The Children's Authority says it will be engaging vacation camps to increase awareness on child abuse and child protection.
 
It is reminding members of the public that child protection is everybody’s business and all incidents of child abuse should be reported to the police at 999 or to the authority’s 24-hour hotlines at 996 or 800-2014.
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