During a debate in the UK Parliament last week, Baroness Anelay praised the work of local charity Saving Children and Revealing Secrets [SCARS], whose mission is to “reduce the risk of child sexual abuse and to be an advocate and voice for children who have been sexually molested as well as their affected family.”
Baroness Massey of Darwen asked, “In this country we are fortunate in having a strong voluntary sector which operates in the field of safeguarding children. Is there any equivalent voluntary sector in the overseas territories that does the same type of job in safeguarding?”
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In reply, Baroness Anelay of St Johns said, “The overseas territories are of course very diverse in their population level and engagement in civil society organisations and NGOs. There are international NGOs that can assist in this and, in some areas, there are local ones.
“For example, there was a notable achievement in Bermuda, where the Government partnered a local NGO, Saving Children and Revealing Secrets. This was done last year to deliver child sexual abuse training across the whole island.”