Vulnerability of children raised outside traditional family structures

Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation's PS Jennifer Poole. Picture: FT FILE/SUPPLIED

FORTY per cent of children in the Pacific do not live with their parents, and in Fiji, children raised outside of the traditional family structure were more vulnerable, says permanent secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Jennifer Poole.

She said although no country-wide studies have been conducted in Fiji, children in care arrangements outside their family were known to be more vulnerable, and this was reflected in anecdotal evidence in the ministry’s case reports.

While speaking at the opening of a regional workshop on Child Protection for the Social Welfare Sector in Nadi yesterday, she said the Pacific’s modern family structure was far different from what it was before.

More details on this story in today’s edition of The Fiji Times.

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