Police intervene after young boy was beaten severely by his father



The Cabinet invited the Director of Family Services and two police officers who are all connected to providing protection to children who may suffer battering by parents and other guardians.

The invitation was triggered by a particular case involving a young boy who was being beaten severely by his father, and a neighbour who reported what he thought was abuse of the child.

The neighbour actually contacted the police who in turn contacted the child protection services; they travelled to the home and the parents refused the officials entry, leaving the child to the mercy of his parents.

The Cabinet addressed the question of the sufficiency of the law to permit law enforcement to  actually intervene in circumstances where the welfare of the child may very likely be in grave danger.

The issue arising was whether any action could be taken in a child abuse case when a minor is being severely beaten or physically abused by his or her parents.

The Attorney General pointed to the Child Care Protection Act 2016 Section 136(e) which gives the police the power to arrest.

It was agreed by Cabinet that there needed to be a cadre of police officers trained to intervene in circumstances like these, and that no amendment to the law is required.

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    • That is a stupid response. Does it matter if the neighbour is black or white? If a child is clearly being abused are you saying that black people feel that is okay and we must turn a blind eye. Would you not intervene or call the police if a woman was being abused? What is this world coming to. Glad your not my neighbour.

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