The decrease in reports of child abuse in New Providence last year could be an indication of a lack of confidence in the judicial system.
Social workers recorded a decrease of about 25 per cent in the number of child abuse cases reported in New Providence for 2010, compared to 2009.
Gil Maycock, president of Child Protection, told the Tribune newspaper that, “a lot of these cases are being reported, but how many of these persons have been convicted? A very small percentage.”
Maycock says people sometimes get frustrated with the lack of convictions but hopes people will not give up.
Statistics revealed there were 483 reported cases of child abuse in 2010 but experts estimate that the number is three times that figure.