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Reports of child abuse cases on the rise, draft policy released

The Sports Ministry has released a draft of its Child Protection Policy to the national sports associations.

According to the draft, there is a hike in child abuse reported cases and indicates all NSA officials will receive training in order to help identify and report child abuse.

A power point presentation on the policy was displayed for stakeholders feedback at a meeting held last Thursday.

According to the DCFS child abuse statistics physical, sexual and emotional abuse have risen in the past 4 years with 2014 being the highest at 127 reported cases of child abuse and neglect.

This year, 36 cases of physical abuse have been recorded, along with 39 cases of sexual abuse and 33 cases of emotional abuse a total of 111, which is inclusive of other forms.

It is anticipated that this policy will be finalised before the end of 2016.

In the past three years two coaches have been charged by police for sex crimes with underage athletes that they coach.

About the author

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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