The Child Rights Alliance (CRA), in collaboration with Hope Foundation, held a round table discussion with various stakeholders (teachers, police, faith based organizations, prison services, probation services, salvation army and a CPA officer) to share the results of the Child Neglect in Guyana report.
According to the report, child neglect- in the Guyanese context- is the consistent failure of the caregiver to meet a child’s basic need for food, shelter, supervision and love as well as ensuring the child receives medical attention when needed and consistently attends school, providing they have the wherewithal to do so. Over the the past several years, child neglect has been the most reported form of child abuse in Guyana. From 2013 to 2016, close to 50 percent of all reported cases of child abuse had a component of child neglect. There has been a steady increase in the number of reported cases of child neglect during the aforementioned time period. The most prevalent form of child neglect is physical neglect.
The participants related that they believe that the lack of parenting skills may be a contributing factor to child neglect in Region Seven. The CRA, in collaboration with the Hope Foundation, will continue to engage the stakeholders in Region 7 to assist in establishing a network of stakeholders working towards protecting children from violence and abuse.