Pilot project to rehabilitate abuse victims

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 19 Jul 2019

Yeoh (with garland) witnessing how children with special needs work in Agape Centre.

SIBU: The Women, Family and Community Development Ministry will launch a pilot project to rehabilitate children suffering from trauma especially sexual abuse.

Its deputy minister Hannah Yeoh said the project would help the victims to recover.

Speaking at a briefing presented by paediatrician Dr Toh Teck Hock at Agape Centre, Yeoh said they were in the process of collecting and studying data on child abuse cases and would later focus on rehabilitation of victims.

However, such efforts would require funding. The ministry, she said had secured a grant of RM10mil from the Finance Ministry for the implementation of childcare in the workplace project.

“We start off with government agencies first especially after the death of baby Adam Raykal Mohd Sufi Naeif last year. The mother is a nurse and works shifts, as such had no choice but to leave the child to a babysitter,” she said.

(Adam died after suffering injuries while under the care of the babysitter, who has since been charged in court with two counts of abusing the boy and disposing of his body.)

Yeoh said once the childcare project for government agencies was successful, it will be extended to the corporate sector.

On services for children with special needs, she said there had been much talk on early intervention but less on the children’s quality of their life in their later years including their recreational and social needs.

“You (Agape Centre) will be one of our resources for Putrajaya to show how it can be done.

“We don’t know what would happen in the next five to 10 years. That is why we need to work closely. We need to have a system in place for us to roll out nationwide,” she added.Also present at the briefing were Lanang MP Alice Lau, Bukit Assek and Pelawan assemblymen, Irene Chang and David Wong.

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