23 Jan 2017

Solomon Islands no longer safe for children - report

1:32 pm on 23 January 2017

A study carried out by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs claims the country is no longer a safe place for children.

The Solomon Islands flag

The Solomon Islands flag Photo: RNZI

The Ministry's Permanent Secretary Ethel Sigimanu said the report for the period from 2008 to the present was worrying because it indicated that child abuse in Solomon Islands was high.

She said the nation-wide study was carried out to collect data on gender-based violence and child abuse.

Mrs Sigimanu said the form of abuse related to both sexual and physical, coupled with child negligence.

She said often perpetrators were those who should provide parental love and family care.

She said the study showed many children had experienced daily abuse.

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