By; TINA PHINEAS, Yola
Millions of children around the world are subjected to various forms of violence on a daily basis, despite the provisions of the 1998 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1990 African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child which seek to protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation.
New Nigerian reports that such violence occurs across different contexts and in many settings, including the home, family, in schools and the community.
Irked with the raising cases of violence against children, and the desire to protect such children, the European Union EU, with support from the United Nations UN, and the Adamawa state government, organized a 5-day Training of Trainers on Child Protection and Case Management for social welfare officers, Development officers and Auxiliary-social workers.
The training which was held at Duragi Hotel in Adamawa State aims at providing social welfare workers working in the community with necessary knowledge and skills to carry out their roles in relation to child protection and case management as stipulated in the Nigerian Child Rights Act 2003.
It also seeks to develop participant’s core skills in the area of social work, increase knowledge of training methods and skill.
Ladi Alabi, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, said the training was specially prepared for social welfare workers to appropriately handle cases of child violence in their respective communities, provide better services to protect such children and also report such cases for better intervention.
According to her, the training is geared toward helping social welfare workers respond positively to cases of child violence and abuse, giving them appropriate knowledge to improve their skills to properly handle such cases.
She maintained that the overall goal of the training is to equip social welfare workers to provide quality service delivery to potential case management, stressing that the whole training is for the welfare and benefit of the child.
“When we talk about child protection, we are talking about social welfare, service delivery and child justice administration, on each of these components, reporting and building of data is important at these levels, our focus is on service delivery in case management.
“ There is a nationwide child protection information management system with a dashboard that receives reports of services rendered to children, every state is expected to fit in with appropriate data to help in programming, which in turn will help in analyzing the trends, incidents and cases for future interventions in programming”, Alabi stated.
She pointed out that the training is a spotlight initiative project been implemented in Adamawa with a focus on Yola and Mubi, funded by the European Union and implemented by the United Nations Agencies, stressing that the project will consolidate on the awareness campaigns that has helped parents, caregivers and community to respond and report such cases.
Participants who spoke to our correspondent said the training was timely, given the increase in cases of violence and abuse of children.
Hauwa Musa Sa’ad a participant from Mubi area said the training has fully prepared her for child protection and case management.
“In Mubi we are faced with myriad of problems of child violence and abuse, sometime we don’t even know how to respond, but with this training am going back fully charged and prepared to make a difference in my community”