2,296 cases of children requiring care, protection in Sabah

18 Oct 2018 / 23:20 H.

BELURAN: A total of 2,296 cases involving children in need of care and protection which were recorded in the state were handled by the Department of Public Welfare Services (JPKA) from 2010 to July.
State People's Health and Well-being Minister Datuk Stephen Wong Tien Fatt said these encompassed neglect (984 cases), sexual abuse (908 cases), physical abuse (363 cases), baby dumping (35 cases) and emotional abuse (six cases) categories.
Under moral service, he said that were 5,493 cases involving 5,058 cases under the criminal category and 435 cases, non-controllable.
According to him, there were 77 examples in the children's category, under protection and rehabilitation, involving children who were exposed to moral issues and 186 cases of children who needed immediate protection.
Looking at these statistics, it clearly showed that the risk of accidents, safety and exposure to social ills among the children could occur anywhere and at any time, he said when officiating and closing the Sandakan Division Level School Children's Safety Campaign here, today.
His text was read by his public relations secretary Henry Shim Chee On.
Recognising this fact, Wong said JPKA had and would continue the implementation of advocacy and legal literacy in particular for children to provide exposure to prevent them from becoming victims and being involved in social problems and criminal misconduct.
In the meantime, he said statistics recorded a 3.8 million population in the state and, out of the total, 1.3 million, namely, 35.46%, were children.
He said this suggested that children were numerous especially in the state and they needed to be given serious attention from various angles and from every layer of society.
He said this was especially in the effort to provide protection and care in order to shape the direction and pattern of their lives in the future.
Wong said his ministry through JPKA viewed seriously safety issues of children who represented one-third of the population of this country following the recent increasing incidents of crime, negligence and neglect.
The government's concern over child issues could also be seen through the government's efforts when amendments to the Child Act 2001 had been approved and gazetted as the Child Act 2001 (Amendment) Act 2016, he said. — Bernama

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