Child abuse cases jumped 30% to record high in 2018

Sharp rise in physical, sexual abuse cases; ministry stepping up education efforts

Of the cases Ministry of Social and Family Development's Child Protective Service investigated last year, just under half involved children under the age of seven.
Of the cases Ministry of Social and Family Development's Child Protective Service investigated last year, just under half involved children under the age of seven. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Child abuse cases here jumped to a record high last year, with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) stepping up public education efforts on child protection and family violence to address this issue.

The ministry investigated 1,163 cases last year, a 30 per cent jump from 894 the previous year. There were also sharp increases in physical and sexual abuse cases.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline 'Child abuse cases jumped 30% to record high in 2018'. Subscribe