Members at the Head table: (L to R) Mrs. Alva Lawrence, Mr Milton Coy, Lady Anande Troatman-Joseph and Ms Chrissie Worme-Charles.
A call was made for more attention and support to be given to families in the fight to end child abuse in Grenada Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Speaking at the launch of Child Abuse and Awareness and Prevention Month (CAAPM) ? April, annually observed by the Grenada National Coalition on the Rights of the Child (GNCRC), Ms Chrissie Worme-Charles said, ?We need to help our families so that they can cope with the many challenges of child rearing.?
Worme-Charles, representing the Ministry of Social Development, was part of a panel of GNCRC executives, which included Chairperson (acting) Mrs Alva Lawrence, Public Relations Officer (PRO) Mr Milton Coy and Lady Anande Troatman-Joseph ? legal adviser and Floor member.
The theme ? ?Child abuse hurts. Stop it now? reflects GNCRC?s resolve to fight this societal scourge. ?Child abuse is a scourge on society we are not prepared to accept?, according to PRO, Coy. He called on all citizens to ?paly our individual and collective roles to fight this menace to society?.
Worme-Charles, also a social worker, said the ministry is focusing on building healthy and stronger families through various programs being offered. The Ministry is very much concerned about the increase of reported abuses to children. ?We are doing all that we can to work with the families?. We have the parenting program and counseling for victims and perpetrators alike?, according to Worme-Charles.
Mrs Lawrence, a professional and certified social worker described child abuse as a crime and noted that ?early intervention and a treatment plan are necessary to help reduce, if not eradicate, child abuse?. Lawrence, who heads the Program for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) also believes that we should continue to provide support to the families and children?.
GNCRC is the primary agency advocating for children?s rights, as well as promoting for the development of all children, The coalition?s membership is made up of twenty-eight different partners, representing government ministries, non-government and service organisations.
Some of the activities for the month include a national address by Her Excellency Dame Cecile De La Grenade ? Governor General, to declare the month open, visits to primary and secondary schools throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petit Martinique and a youth conference on March 28th entitled ?Children are our future, let their voices be heard?