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Child Abuse Investigations

MSF's Child Protective Service (CPS) provides statutory intervention and supportive services to address the needs of children and young persons who have been seriously harmed or are at high risk or serious harm.

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Total Enquiries Received by MSF Child Protective Service (2015-2016)

Year 2015  2016
Enquiries Received 2,022  3,035

Child Abuse Investigated by Abuse Type (2009-2016)

Over the years, MSF has introduced more rigorous screening tools and training for professionals such as social workers, educators, counsellors and health professionals. Such measures are aimed at helping professionals promptly 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 or Child Protection Specialist Centres, or referring serious cases of harm to the Ministry for intervention. The higher number of cases investigated since 2015 is because our efforts have uncovered more cases with serious child protection concerns and these were rightly flagged up to the Ministry for intervention.

Types of Abuse 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 
Physical Abuse 124 188 138 177 148 161 263  444p
Sexual Abuse 45 58 72 70 60 56 82  107p
Neglect 103 144 205 136 135 164 206  322p
Total 272 390 415 383 343 381 551  873p
*P=Preliminary
Statistics last updated on 4 Apr 2017.
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Last Reviewed On Tue, Apr 4, 2017

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