IAC echoes call for stronger child protection

The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families has backed a call by Bermuda’s top police officer to tighten up the law to better protect schoolchildren from sexual predators — even if the youngsters are over the age of consent. The IAC said in a statement that updated legislation to better protect vulnerable children was an “urgent necessity”. The statement from the c... Read more

CDC: Childhood Trauma Tied to Poor Health

PEOPLE WHO EXPERIENCED trauma as children are more likely to suffer severe health consequences later in life, a new federal analysis shows. Adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, refer to potentially traumatic events experienced or witnessed during childhood, like violence, substance misuse and mental health problems in the home. Though public health experts say these events are an ... Read more

Committee backs call for law to protect teens

A call to change the law to protect 16 and 17-year-olds from predators has won backing from a group advocating on behalf of children. The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families said Bermuda’s law on sexual exploitation should apply to anyone up to the age of 18 “to better protect all youth” from grooming. It supports the call made last week by Christine DaCosta, 38, who was ... Read more

More protections sought for at-risk children

Better communication among government departments, police and other agencies could help to prevent vulnerable children from “falling through the cracks”, a child protection group said yesterday. The Coalition for the Protection of Children added that improved co-ordination would help to form the basis of a national action plan to safeguard minors. Kelly Hunt, the organisation’s execut... Read more

Charities welcome litigation guardians victory

Three “brave abused” children and a handful of charities successfully fought for a legal change that will protect youngsters by ensuring they have independent representation in court, the groups involved in a Court of Appeal case said yesterday. A joint statement by the five charities that backed the children said: “We encourage the Government to follow through with its repeate... Read more

‘One in three children suffers sexual abuse’

One in three people said they experienced some form of sexual abuse as a child, according to a new survey. More than 600 people took part in the adverse childhood experiences research conducted by the Bermuda Health Council in partnership with Family Centre. The survey, which has been running on Family Centre’s website since March, also found: ... Read more