According to the annual report from the Family Justice Courts, there is an increase of child abuse cases Singapore over the last 4 years. In 2016, there were 873 child abuse cases Singapore, up from 551 in 2015.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) believes that there is more public awareness and social responsibility in preventing child abuse cases Singapore. More efforts have been spent on educating the public on child protection and family violence.
In 2016, the MSF received 3,035 reports and inquiries on child abuse cases Singapore.
What constitute child abuse?
Child abuse acts include child abandonment, neglect and serious conflict between parents and child.
Psychiatrist Dr. Lim Boon Leng has encountered many child abuse cases Singapore involving:
- Drunk fathers;
- Parents who attempt to exert violence to control their child; and
- Mentally disordered parents.
It is important to realize that there is a fine line between child abuse and discipline. In disciplining a child, the sole interest must be on the welfare and benefit of the child. There cannot be excessive hurt caused to a child.
See: Prisca Ang, “Protection orders for children nearly triple”, The Straits Times, 27 May 2017
If you suspect your child to be a victim of child abuse, it is advisable that you bring the child to a doctor for a detailed medical examination. If the examination reveals signs of child abuse, you should bring the child to make a police report.
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