TRAINING ON CHILD PROTECTION, COMMUNITY FACILITATION TOOLKITS FOR SCHOOL CHILD RIGHT CLUB PATRONS

TRAINING ON CHILD PROTECTION

The Department of Social Welfare; Ablekuma West Municipal Assembly in collaboration with SOS Children Village organized a training on Child Protection, Community Facilitation Toolkits (selected content) for School Child Right Club Patrons. Officers from NCCE, staff of SOS Children village, social work students on field work and a member of the Unit Committee were present.

The training was held on Wednesday 31st May, 2023 at the Apostolic Church, Glefe -Dansoman. The objective of the training was to enhance participants understanding on children’s human rights and identify the key principles and provisions in the laws protecting children and also, design ways to strengthen child protection through the participation of the children themselves, families, communities and authorities. A total of eighteen people participated; five (5) males and thirteen (13) females.

TRAINING ON CHILD PROTECTION

Child Human Rights and Child Rights

The facilitator, Ms. Paulina Mensah (HOD-DWSCD) in her opening remarks bemoaned the fact that, child abuse or child protection violations was on the rise despite the various laws, policies and strategies put in place for the protection of children. She explained that, Child Protection was a concept that describes the philosophies, policies, strategies, standards and protocols that prevent and protect children from all forms of harm, violence, abuse, exploitations and neglect.

“Child protection violation occurs everywhere; in our homes, communities, schools and other institutions, it is therefore necessary to strengthen our effort through constant and consistent education, resource mobilisation and capacity building of stakeholders for effective implementation of child protection campaigns” she added.

Mrs. Mensah expounded that, Human rights were rights inherent to all human beings; adults and Children alike. Therefore, child human rights are the indispensable rights of a child as a human being. She stressed that, children have specific rights that take into consideration their vulnerability and those rights includes; right to life, right to be given a name, right to shelter and basic necessities of life, right to education, right to health, right to play or leisure, right to live and grow with siblings and parents among others. Thus, children have rights to be protected from all forms of harm, abuse and exploitation. Hence, protecting child’s right was a collective responsibility for all including the child.

TRAINING ON CHILD PROTECTION

Forms of Child Abuse

The various forms of Child abuse, thus physical, psychological, emotional and sexual were looked at. These forms of abuse have both immediate and long-term implications on the child. Some of the possible consequences identified were, physical damages such as physical injuries. Medical consequence; health complications, disease and death. Emotional trauma, psychological problems and social consequences; such as low self-esteem. Thus; the child becomes socially withdrawn and unable to interact properly with others among many others.

Tools for Engaging Children, Families and Communities

Participants were introduced to some practical tools for engaging audience of different strata of the society, right from the child, family to the community at large. Lessons drawn were that, as a child grows, he/she may experience forces, distractor, hindrances, difficulties like peer pressure etc. but if the child focuses on the goal, he/she may be successful. Also the effort or investment parents or and child put in the child’s life to a large extent determines the brightness of the child’s future. Again, it was expounded that, it was imperative for parents and caregivers to know and understand the various stages in a child’s development, the signs and behaviour they exhibit, their needs, challenges they face in very stage of their development and support them accordingly.

At the end of the training, the coordinator of the patrons encouraged his colleague teachers and patrons of the child right clubs in the various schools to share the knowledge acquired with other colleagues and also educate child, parents and guardians. Participants from other institution were also enjoined to intensify education on child protection in the communities.

   

                                                                               Submitted by ; Social Welfare                               Editor ; Juliana Abena Agbenyeke (ISD)