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Child abuse reporting legislation!
Published on May 13, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

Child abuse reporting legislation!

By Abdulmajeed K. Nunez

I want to publicly thank Mrs Dolores Balderamos, Faith Babb and Senator Lisa Shoman
For championing the cause and helping to draft the legislation
And all those who made their contribution
To increase the chances of children getting the right protection
Thanks for sharing your passion and giving this the right attention
The biggest problem I see is implementation
But then again some might lack the information
Perhaps it’s the time for another round of mass circulation
That might even include some media presentations
To update the people about the Child Abuse Reporting Regulations.

Happy Mother’s Day to all moms
But I want to make a special appeal to all moms
In lieu of what happen with the fourteen year student in Belmopan
Kudos to the mother who reported this situation
And followed it up with the institution
I blame the entire institution for failure to report the situation
There is a mandatory reporting legislation
This case requires a full investigation
Some members of staff need to be subject to prosecution
Or at the very least asked to hand in their resignation

However, this is abuse of one’s position
Despite the fact that there is legislation
Under this law, "It shall be the duty of any family member, teacher, social worker, school counselor, employee of a certified children’s institution (especially the Manager thereof), school administrator, principal and deputy principal of any educational institution, dean of a college, probation officer, police officer or any other employee or officer of the Government whose daily duties entails dealing regularly with children, to promptly report orally or in writing all incidents of suspected child abuse which comes to his knowledge and/or attention to the Belize Police Department or to the Department for Investigation."

Now can we honestly celebrate Mother’s Day?
When our daughters are prey
To those in high positions
And even at institutions where they study everyday
Yet you’re being invited to ceremonies to serenade
It’s all a charade
While they take monies from the coffers that you have already paid
Using it for political mileage while our children are unprotected
Our daughters are being molested,
Remember those jack abducted, raped, killed and mutilated
Perhaps your memories have been arrested
When they bring ham and turkey
Or invite you to Mother’s Day party
Ask them about your children’s security.
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