Caring for our Children

Removing Corporal Punishment from Schools : Integrating Partner Efforts

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

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Help & Shelter's Child Protection Policy

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.

Leaflets on domestic violence and child abuse

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. We are working on producing other leaflets and will make them available here.

Sponsorship for Printing

Here is an opportunity to show your support for the efforts to eradicate domestic violence and child abuse from our society. You can put your details in the space provided on the leaflets, print

Understanding Child Abuse

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

  • Neglect:

    The failure , intentional or unintentional, of parents or guardians
    to provide food, shelter, clothing, health

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