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Statistics released by the Division of Human Services indicating that 252 cases of child abuse have been recorded for the first half of this year is a cause for alarm for the St Lucia Association of Social Workers

The President of the organization Kendall Elva says the figures show that children continue to be exposed to situation where their health safety and development are under threat.

What is even more concerning Elva says is that actual number of children being abused may be higher than is being reported, because of the culture of silence that surrounds the many cases of child abuse.

Elva says the latest case of the rape of a ten year old child should jolt society into ridding itself of such incidents.

Elva says the time is right for the commissioning of a national parenting program where individuals can gain the right skill set, knowledge and values that are required to provide a nurturing environment for children.

Meanwhile Kendall supports calls from the Division of Human Services for more foster parents. He believes that the move can serve to rescue a child from an abusive environment
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