©UNICEF Malaysia/Leanne Abdullah
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GOVERNMENT
  • Develop a centralised database for the management of reported child abuse cases and enable the collation of national child abuse statistics
  • Create a National Register of child abusers, where complete access is restricted to the Police and the Department of Social Welfare, and limited access (for example: names and ‘area only’ whereabouts of convicted offenders) is given to the community
  • Promote family development and parenting skills programmes to the public and emphasise preventive measures as an integral part of a comprehensive child and family welfare system
  • Ensure that mandatory reporting of abuse or suspected abuse be expanded to cover teaching personnel. Train teachers, tutors and all other teaching personnel on child abuse, particularly on handling disclosure of abuse
  • Introduce special modules on child abuse and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the university curriculum, particularly for students of Law, Medicine, Social Studies and Education
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GOVERNMENT
  • Ensure a comprehensive and sustained strategy to raise public awareness on child abuse and to promote changes in public attitudes towards the issue
  • Strengthen the role of the Pusat Aktiviti Kanak-Kanak (Child Activity Centres) to act as core centres for protecting children
  • Reach out to, and ensure good support for all survivors of child abuse, and create support groups for those who faced abuse as a child and empower them to increase reporting of abuse
  • Ensure that all children have access to health and education to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and exploitation
  • Give special attention to children with disabilities and children living with HIV and AIDS who are particularly vulnerable to abuse
  • Ensure that undocumented children, migrant and refugee children are provided with the same comprehensive care and protection as other children, should abuse occur
  • Make it a priority to tackle Internet-based sexual exploitation of children