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The number of child abusecases has risen yet again.
Last year saw 192 cases of child abuse, up from 2009's 124 child abuse cases,according to figures cited by The Straits Times on Saturday.
Most of the reports were of physical abuse, according to report. Some seven in10 cases last year were of physical abuse, up from 50 cases in 2007.
Other forms of abuse, such as sexual abuse (46 cases), physical neglect (6cases) and emotional abuse (6 cases) did not pose any sharp increase over theyears, said the paper citing 2010 figures.
As the number of child abuse cases rise, the Ministry of Community Development,Youth and Sports (MCYS) is paying greater attention to this area of childprotection.
In a speech at the National Family Violence Networking System Event 2011 atMarina Bay Sands on Friday, Minister of State for Community Development, Youthand Sports Halimah Yacob highlighted a few initiatives the ministry isimplementing after the Child Protection Review earlier this year.
A specialist agency on child protection will be developed, and will act as astep-up service for community agencies managing medium-risk cases. It will alsoact as a supplementary service for high risk clients managed by the ChildProtection Service.
Halimah added that the ministry is looking to provide a wider focus on childprotection issues by working with other agencies within the Child ProtectionSystem.
MCYS will also be implementing a National Out-of-Home Care Service Framework,which will help children who are placed in out-of-home care services. This frameworkwill include support services for relatives providing kinship care, foster careproviders and children's homes providers.
"We know children, because they are young, because of age, inexperience,lack of contact with the outside world, they are a lot more vulnerable. So weneed to work with schools, with the hospitals, with other agencies, theprisons, the police and all that," Halimah told Today newspaper.
"But everything will come under one focal point. For instance, if in aschool, a teacher feels a child could be a victim of abuse, what the teachercould do is then refer (the child) to this specialised agency. This specialisedagency will do all the follow-up work," she added.