A decision has been reached to allocate a specific date to hear pending child abuse cases before High Courts.
Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority Prof. Muditha Vidanapathirana said the decision was reached following discussions with the Judicial Service Commission.
In addition, Cabinet approval has been granted to set up nine audio-visual recording centres in each province to present evidence from remote locations instead of summoning the child victim to Court.
A discussion was held in Parliament to strengthen existing laws and introducing new laws against acts that harm children, including child abuse, sexual abuse and slavery.
It was revealed that the number of inquiries received by the NCPA during the COVID-19 pandemic was 55,000 while 4,740 child abuse complaints were lodged during the past six months.
State Minister Sita Arambepola said a certain level of censorship is required in reporting child abuse incidents adding that the current practice of reporting child abuse is damaging to children and their families.
One of the key issues discussed was the strict enforcement of the law against the use of children below the age of 18 as workers.