ChildLinK and Orchid Foundation representatives were part of a panel discussion focusing on Child Neglect in Guyana at NCN Channel 11 on October 30, 2017. This programme was sponsored by the Child Rights Alliance (CRA).
The panellists focused on the need for parental support when dealing with child neglect. A child experiences neglect when the caregiver has the wherewithal to provide for the child’s basic needs but chooses not to do so. Sixty percent of all child neglect cases occur because of lack of finances. Child neglect can be addressed to an extent if the State implements stronger support services for parents. The panellists explained that the CRA supports parents through parenting skills sessions. These sessions not only help parents to strengthen their relationship with their children but the sessions have proven to be beneficial to the parents. Some of the topics that are discussed at the sessions are domestic violence and circle of influence. Several single mothers have revealed that these sessions in particular helped them to cope with several adverse circumstances.
The panellists noted that boys were most often the victims of child neglect. The Child Neglect Report revealed that 52 percent of the reported child neglect cases between 2013 to 2016 were boys. Parents were encouraged to to show love to the boys and give them attention.
The CRA will continue to work with stakeholders to create a Guyanese society where every child has the right to grow up in a safe and secure family and community.