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Caring for our Children

This manual was developed by the Child Care and Protection Agency of the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security and in collaboration with the One Life Project of Everychild Guyana/Child Link. This manual contains the "Guidelines on Child Protection Agency Processes and Procedures and on Good Practice in Relation to Children’s Rights, Child Protection and the Psycho-social Support of Children and their Families"

Contents List 
Contents List

This manual was produced by Gail Taylor, Technical Advisor to OneLife Project, EveryChild Guyana .
Help & Shelter is pleased to make it available for wide distribution. Credit must be given to the One Life Project and Everychild Guyana/Child Link when the content is used.

September 2009

About the manual

What is Child Abuse?


Child abuse is the ill-treatment of children by adults or older children. There are several types of child 
abuse. These include:

  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse


The purpose of this article is to encourage parents and caregivers who think it is okay to beat children to think about their attitudes to beating children, and to discuss some non violent alternative ways of disciplining children. It is part of an ongoing series of articles in the partnership between the Guyana Chronicle and Help & Shelter to deal with domestic violence and some of the other problems in our society which prevent individuals from achieving their full potential. The information in this article is gleaned from different sources .


These leaflets were produced using Microsoft Publisher 2000. They are zipped up using Winzip. Please feel free to download them, and edit as you please for free distribution. If you are not in Guyana, please localise or translate them if you have to 

Corporal punishment is an extremely controversial issue in Guyana, with deep divisions
between those with opposing views on the subject.
In their work on the issue of corporal punishment, the organizations and individual
activists who are part of the present initiative have so far dealt with it as part of a larger
area of work addressing all forms of violence against children. Unfortunately, this has
been an ineffective approach, which was made evident again in 2007 when a
parliamentary motion to end corporal punishment in schools was introduced. It has been

Help and Shelter alarmed over committal of Mocha girls to NOC
-calls on human services minister to have them moved
Thursday, August 9th 2007
Stabroek News

Help and Shelter yesterday said it was alarmed that the two runaway Mocha girls were committed to the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) stating that the practice of committing abused children on the charge of wandering to an institution for juvenile offenders "is a travesty of justice as it heaps additional abuse on those whose fundamental problems stem from abuse and neglect."

5 December, 2006 and reissued 2 June, 2007
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Open Letter to all Honourable Members of the Ninth Parliament, National Assembly of Guyana on the removal of corporal punishment from the Education Act .

Dear Member

This policy applies to everyone who works with Help & Shelter (H&S) in any capacity, whether paid or unpaid (collectively called H&S representatives) and covers incidents that have occurred both before and after the start of the relationship with . Insofar as a provision in this policy is in conflict with any provision in H & S Governance, Policies & Procedures manual, this policy shall prevail. All H&S representatives must be provided with a copy of this policy and agree to adhere to and be bound by it in writing.