The Children’s Authority says gun violence is threatening the lives and safety of children in T&T.
A number of recent shootings left children injured, including the robbery at Pennywise Plaza earlier this week which saw a young boy hit by a stray bullet.
The Children’s Authority says “while children were either enjoying playtime, paying respect to the dead or spending quality time with relatives, those periods of innocence, fun and everyday routines have been marred by gun violence, leaving children and their families traumatised.”
It adds that greater dialogue and collaboration is now a necessity within communities and among agencies to determine how to stem the violence and ensure safe spaces for children.
As such, it is appealing to citizens to contact the relevant agencies, including the TTPS, if they are concerned about their safety.
The Authority adds that its Emergency Response Team will continue its outreach to affected families to provide support and the required psycho-social intervention and support.
The following agencies can be contacted for support:
- Childline: 131
- National Family Services: 623-2608 ext 6705
- Children’s Authority: 996
- Trinidad and Tobago Police Service: 999
- Gender-Based Violence Unit: 555