Photos: Child Abuse Prevention Month Launches

April 3, 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Month was officially launched at a ceremony today [April 3] at City Hall, with a number of people in attendance including Minister of Social Development & Sports Nandi Outerbridge and Shadow Minister of Community, Youth & Sports Development Michael Weeks.

Minister Outerbridge’s proclamation follows below:

“Whereas, in 2016, the Department of Child and Family Services received 1,011 reports of child abuse and neglect; and

“Whereas there was an increase in the number of cases of sexual abuse; and

“Whereas, child abuse and neglect is a serious problem that affects every segment of our community, and in order for us to find solutions there must be input and action from every member of our community; and

“Whereas, our children are our most valuable resources and will shape the future of Bermuda; and

“Whereas, child abuse can have long-term psychological, emotional and physical effects that can have lifelong consequences for victims of abuse; and

“Whereas, effective child abuse prevention campaigns succeed because of meaningful connections and partnerships that are created between the Department of Child and Family Services, education, health, police, community clubs and faith-based organizations who provide a collaborative preventive approach; and

“Whereas, communities must make every effort to promote programs and activities that benefit children and their families and;

“Whereas, prevention remains the best defense for our children and families;

“Now Therefore, I, Nandi Outerbridge , Minister of Social Development and Sports, do hereby proclaim April as National Child  Abuse Prevention Month.

“All citizens are urged to recognize this month by dedicating ourselves to improving the quality of life for all children and families in our community.”

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