We need to correct the trend of neglect and abuse of our children
In Jamaica there has been a drastic shift in the way children are cared for? Quite often we hear of a children’s advocate or a civic organization imploring for better service provisions for families and children. The first steps to correct this current trend of neglect and abuse of our children are to speak out by writing to the media, participating in discussions, documenting our concerns about this special group and making these sources available through discussions, seminars and letters to the press and through published books
Reach out to the Children
Have you heard the old adage, children are our most precious possessions? Well this is a simply stated idea but it is true in many ways.
- Children need guidance from their parents and other family members to progress in life.
- They need to be loved unconditionally and provided with appropriate levels of care and protection.
- This level of care should begin in their pre-natal existence, with their prospective mothers and fathers bonded together in a union of love and respect.
- Extended family members and community members have an impact on the well-being of children, each playing vital roles in fostering healthy physical, mental, emotional and spiritual heritage for their young ones.
Too often though, many children are brought into the world by parents, one or both of whom may fail to nurture them properly. Some children may not even grow up with one parent much more with both of them. The Caribbean islands of which Jamaica is a part, has had a long history of trying to provide the best level of care for their young ones.
There are many questions we have to grapple with
That begs the question: what has changed since then within our communities where almost daily media reports speak to the neglect or severe abuse or even death of children?
- Are individuals within communities still interested in the care of children within their own families or communities?
- What has happened to the government agencies, are they bogged down with too many problems to take note of the drastic shift in the way children are cared for?
Every one has a role to play in rearing today’s children
- I often hear of what happened many years ago where children were cared for by extended family members or even other adults who were friends of families, when biological parents were unable to properly care for all their children.
- Quite often we hear of a children’s advocate or a civic organization imploring for better service provisions for families and children.
- As have been stated the first steps to correct this current trend of neglect and abuse of our children are to speak out by:
- writing to the media,
- participating in discussions,
- documenting our concerns about this special group and making these sources available through discussions, seminars and letters to the press and through published books.
- These steps are essential for stirring the consciences of those who can make a difference, hoping that they will take steps to alleviate the problem.