NGO to conduct child abuse research in three Morobe Districts

Save the children in PNG will work with three districts in Morobe to change communities and make it safe for children to live in.

According to Save the Children Project Manager in PNG, Catherine Bedford, there is limited data available that gives account of child abuse.

Bedford said a lot of the behaviours and practices within communities that constitute child abuse are often regarded as normal and are not reported.

In Morobe, 15 communities have been identified in the three: Lae, Bulolo and Markham to make positive changes in communities for children.

PNG Project Manager, Catherine Bedford said working closely with these districts will help the reduction of abuse to children and witnesses.

A worrying concern is that PNG has very limited data on child abuse because most cases remain unreported.

Yesterday’s workshop informed key stakeholders and partners about the pilot project in 15 communities.

This is important to identify the structures and systems that exist in communities around them.

Markham District is one of the identified spot and the district Chief Executive Officer, John Orebut said there are high number of issues of child abuse.

They district administration has been working with different organisations to help drive changes for better communities.

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