OCR Hosts Child Abuse Prevention Sensitization Sessions in St. Catherine and Trelawny (Jamaica)

The Office of the Children’s Registry (OCR) has continued its series of school tours and has expanded these to three schools affected by the murder of children last week.   The school visits come in light of the recent tragic incidents in St. Catherine and Trelawny in which eight year old Tamera Laing and four year old Natasha Brown were murdered. Children’s Registrar, Mr. Greig Smith states that the visits to the schools are aimed at increasing children’s awareness about the OCR, how to protect themselves from abuse, the Ananda Alert System (AAS) and the necessary measures to be taken in reporting missing children.   The OCR sensitized over 900 students and teachers at the McAuley Primary School in St. Catherine on Tuesday, June 4th, and will visit the Duanvale Basic and Primary Schools on Wednesday, June 5th where over 200 students and over 100 teachers and parents will be engaged. The Principals of all three schools have expressed deep satisfaction at the efforts being made by the OCR.   The Registrar has however noted, that the OCR will continue to take a proactive approach through its public education campaign and provide tips to children on how to protect themselves while urging teachers, parents and community members to create safe environments for their children.     Since January 2013, there have been over 4000 reports of abuse against children. The OCR has indicated its continued willingness and determination to work in the best interest of our nation’s children and to ensure their safety and protection.   Persons who wish to make a report to the OCR may call 1-888-PROTECT (776-8328) or 908-2132 between the hours 7:00am-11:00pm, Mondays to Fridays. In addition, persons have the option to make reports to the OCR from their Blackberry phones using the Child Abuse Reporting System (CARS) which is available for free download from Blackberry App World. Reports for missing children should be made to the nearest police station, by calling 119 or to the OCR at 1-888-PROTECT or email anandaalert@ocr.gov.jm.