The Child Neglect in Guyana Report was the main focus of a live radio panel discussion on 98.1 Hot FM on October 24, 2017. The panellists consisted of Rev. Colleen Anthony (Commissioner, Rights of the Child Commission) and Hasani Tinnie (Communications Officer, Child Rights Alliance).
The panellists explained the various types of neglect:
- Physical neglect: Consistent failure of the caregiver to provide the child with food, shelter and appropriate supervision.
- Emotional neglect: Inattention to the child’s emotional needs, failure to provide psychological care or permitting the child to use alcohol or other drugs.
- Medical neglect: Failure to provide medical or mental health treatment when required.
- Educational neglect: Failure to educate the child or provide for the child’s special needs.
The most common type of child neglect that children experience is physical neglect. Boys are more likely to experience neglect than girls. The study revealed that boys were the victim of child neglect in 52 percent of the reported cases of child neglect. The panellists also noted that it is very important that parents give their children love and attention. Some children who suffer from emotional neglect are likely to be targeted by sexual predators.
The CRA will continue to advocate for a Guyanese society where every child has the right to grow up in a safe and secure family and community.