The Children's Authority is planning to set up a base in Tobago by the end of September.
Speaking during the rapidfire kid's foundation dinner last evening, the authority's Chairman Hanif Benjamin said in the last two years there were 260 reported cases of child abuse in Tobago. But speaking with cnc3 news, Mr Benjamin said he is also concerned with the cases that go unreported. He said two centres in Tobago should address that.
The Children's Authority is providing counselling to two girls who were kidnapped and found naked inside a van.
The two girls, aged 9 and 14 were rescued by police when they found naked, drugged and kidnapped in the van that was parked in a cane field.
The suspect, who was in the driver's seat is in police custody.
The Authority’s Emergency Response Team visited the family last evening and provided support to the children and their mother.
The Children’s Authority of T&T says after nine months of operations it is managing some 4,158 cases of children in need of care and protection. This is the highest number of cases to be reported in the country’s history.
In a statement yesterday the authority noted that the figure was an indication of the public heeding the call to report child abuse which has led to children being brought to its attention.