Ag. Public Health Communications Specialist
Ministry of Health and Social Development
Telephone: 468-3701 ext. 852 7742
Parents and guardians/caregivers are being asked to put the necessary precautions in place and safeguard children during the Emancipation/Festival Celebration activities.
Acting Head of Family Children and Protective Services Ms. Laurel Freeman said cases of child abuse or endangerment is a concern during festival time and parents must desist from leaving their children unattended at any age whether it is at home or in places like the village, Coney Island or other festival activities.
She said, “Children can get lost or separated from their parents very easily and for extended periods of time, even by accident. Therefore, parents are reminded to avoid these incidences as much as possible.”
Ms. Freeman said parents should heed the following tips during the festival activities:
She also explained these initiatives are all part of the department’s child abuse prevention campaign which has been extended throughout this year.
Parents are also reminded that in case of an emergency, call 911, 311 or 468-9371.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development aspires to provide a caring and integrated system of health and social services that facilitates the recovery of human development and quality of life in the Virgin Islands.
Photograph attached: Acting Head of Family Children and Protective Services Ms. Laurel Freeman used in child safety messaging.