Child Rights Alliance (CRA) member ChildLinK and the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) representatives were live on HBTV Channel 9 on September 29, 2017. The focus of this live televised panel discussion was on the findings of the Child Neglect in Guyana Report which was launched on September 15, 2017. The panellists for the discussion were: Hasani Tinnie (Communications Officer, Child Rights Alliance); Nicole Whaul (Forensic Interviewer, ChildLinK); and Sherri Ann Vandeyar (Senior Child Protection Officer).
The panel explored the different types of neglect (Physical, Emotional, Educational and Medical neglect) as well as community neglect. Community neglect occurs when a child suffers abuse and the community is aware of the abuse but refuses to report or intervene.
Child Neglect is the most prevalent form of child mal-treatment in Guyana. The panel stated that 50 percent of child abuse cases reported to the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) involved some component of neglect. The main contributing factor of child neglect is lack of finance. Lack of finance contributes to physical neglect and educational neglect. Physical neglect-the failure to provide food, clothing, shelter and lack of adequate supervision- is the most prevalent type of child neglect. Lack of finance can create a generational cycle of poverty with possible recurrences of child neglect and other forms of abuse.
The panel encouraged viewers to be vigilant for possible cases of abuse. Communities were encouraged to support each other where the neglect is not wilful but report known wilful cases of abuse.