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Child Abuse Investigations

Child Abuse Investigations

 Child Protection

Since 2015, MSF has introduced more rigorous screening tools and training for professionals such as social workers, educators, counsellors and health professionals. This has helped to sharpen their ability to pick up safety concerns for a child and seek the appropriate intervention. These include supporting the children and families with community-based help such as Family Service Centres (FSCs) or Child Protection Specialist Centres (CPSCs), or referring serious cases of harm to MSF’s Child Protective Service (CPS) for intervention. MSF has also stepped up public education efforts on child protection and family violence over the years, which helped in uncovering more cases of concerns.

The increase in number of enquiries received by MSF CPS in 2020 was mainly due to members of the public being more aware of family violence and calling MSF CPS’s helpline, as MSF and our partners stepped up outreach efforts during the Circuit Breaker period. These calls include general enquiries that may not involve actual incidences of violence. The increase in the number of cases investigated by MSF CPS in 2020 was in line with the increase in enquiries and mainly due to increased number of referrals from MSF CPS’s partners in the community.

Table 1: Number of Enquiries Received by MSF CPS, by Year

Year 2015  2016 2017  2018  2019  2020 
Enquiries Received 2,022  3,035 3,344  3,232 3,840 5,223 

Table 2: Number of Child Protection Investigations by MSF CPS, by Year and Type of Abuse

Types of Abuse 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016  2017  2018  2019 2020 
Physical Abuse 138 177 148 161 263  444   373   584 660 677 
Sexual Abuse 72 70 60 56 82  107  181 248  210  261
Neglect 205 136 135 164 206  322  340  331 218  375
Total 415 383 343 381 551  873  894  1,163 1,088 1,313 

Chart 1: Number of Child Protection Investigations by MSF CPS, by Year and Type of Abuse


Download: Child Protection enquiries and investigations data in Excel

Statistics last updated on 10 May 2021.

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