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Members of the St Lucia Nurses Association have been trained to identify the signs of abuse in children.

The training comes amid efforts to enforce mandatory reporting of child abuse.

According to the President of the St Lucia Nurses Association Alicia Baptiste, some nurses are hesitant to report such cases for fear of retaliation on the part of abusers. She highlights that a workshop which took place last week, stressed the need to empower nurses to report such cases that could potentially save a child’s life.

Nurse Baptiste has highlighted some of the signs to look for in suspected cases of child abuse.

The Nurses Association President stressed that the responsibility of mandatory reporting of child abuse should not rest only with nurses, but teachers and other professionals who may be confronted with such cases

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