REGION One (Barima-Waini) has recorded the highest rate of child abuse, including sexual abuse, for the first half of 2021, according to statistics from the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA).
During the period under review, the country recorded a total of 1,918 cases of child abuse. And while Region Four has the most cases due to its population density, Region One recorded the highest rate of abuse out of the 10 Administrative Regions, with a rate of 11.8 per cent.
This is followed by Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) which has a rate of 10.4 per cent, and Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) which has a rate of 9.7 per cent.
The lowest rate of child abuse was recorded in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), which has a rate of 1.2 per cent. Regions Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Corentyne Berbice also all fell below two per cent.