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  • Communities are being called upon to play a more active role in their care and protection, including reporting incidents of violence and abuse.
  • In a vox pop carried out by JIS News, young people suggest ways in which citizens can look after their welfare.
  • They were asked to comment on the topic: ‘How Can Communities Keep Children Safe’?

As the Government continues to implement measures to safeguard the welfare of children, communities are being called upon to play a more active role in their care and protection, including reporting incidents of violence and abuse.

In a vox pop carried out by JIS News, young people suggest ways in which citizens can look after their welfare. They were asked to comment on the topic: ‘How Can Communities Keep Children Safe’?

Responses:

Chantia Brown – 15 years old, Cumberland High School: “Communities can keep children safe by telling them what to do, telling them not to do wrong, and to obey the rules and respect others.”

 

Shian Coley – 13 years old, Cumberland High: “The community can keep children safe by looking out for them and can help them out if their parents don’t have anything to give them. You can help them and can teach them the good from the bad. If you see them going astray, you can stop them.”

 

Bradley Smith – 18 years, Kingston College: “Remember that the children are the future so we, as a community, should help the children to have a safer environment.  If you see a child not doing so well in school or having a problem, we should offer a helping hand to assist that child in any way possible as the children are the future.”

 

Oshane Brown – 17 years, Kingston College: “Well, the community can protect the children physically and mentally. Physically, they can watch the activities of the children to see if they are going outside of their bounds or by guiding the children in what they are supposed to do…. right from wrong.  Mentally, children grow up with this mentality that the adults are the ones who are doing right, so the adults must watch their activities to guide the students and children in a right direction.”

 

Kimmona Beharry – 15 years, Braeton Primary and Junior High: “Yes, communities can protect children by keeping them away from danger, from people who try to molest them, abuse them. They are killing the children; they are abusing them and all different things. It’s very bad, I don’t like it as they are supposed to protect our children because they are going to be the future ones for tomorrow.”