Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams, has revealed that authorities receive more than twelve thousand reports of child abuse annually in Jamaica.

The startling figure was disclosed at this morning’s National Policy Dialogue on Ending Violence Against Children.

Minister Williams says unfortunately many of the cases of child abuse never receive public attention.

The Education Minister says the most common form of child abuse in Jamaica is corporal punishment.

She told the forum that corporal punishment is widely practiced across demographics in Jamaica.

This despite government’s stated policy which prohibits that form of punishment for children.

Minister Williams says children in Kingston and St. Andrew face higher levels of corporal punishment when compared to their rural counterparts.

The Youth Minister also revealed that parents are employing psychological methods to abuse their children.

Fayval Williams, Education and Youth Minister.