Friday, November 18, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Driving home the point

 Display on Bus Panels (Chennai Metropolitan Transport Corporation) has resulted in a spate of calls to Tulir - ranging from curiosity to information seeking to catharisizing to requests for help.





Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Workshops - Safe Schools: Supporting schools address child sexual abuse, holistically




Hello

Safe Schools: Supporting schools  address child sexual abuse, holistically is  the theme  this time of  Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse ‘s  continuing workshop series   - Connecting the Dots.

They  will be held  in Chennai  between  November 28 – 30, 2016.   

Topics (Scroll down for details)

1. PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE:  EVOLVING A CHILD PROTECTION   POLICY
2.  AN INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL SAFETY EDUCATION – CONCEPTS & PRACTISE
3. ADDRESSING SEXUAL MISBEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN & YOUTH
4.  POCSO,  EDUCATORS & SCHOOLS
The lead facilitator  will be Dr Lois J Engelbrecht, who  has helped create systems of prevention and response to sexual abuse of children  in the  Phillippines, Malaysia, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Vietnam. Read more about Dr Engelbrecht  at  

A school’s integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of  sexual  violence against children happen to children on its rolls. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of  occurrence and proactive steps taken to  both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere.  Besides, as places where children spend a large portion of their time, schools have a legal and ethical responsibility to keep their students safe. The situation is compounded by mounting research about adverse childhood events’ lifelong effect on people’s lives, so creating a safe and protective school community should be  of paramount importance to educators.
Increasing  school enrollment is the core of  all child related policies, schemes and programs  with the school  already the one social institution outside the family with which many  children have consistent ongoing contact. With a large part of the truly “awake” time of a child’s waking hours being spent at school, schools are at the frontline of child protection. Besides educators have a special role in combating child sexual abuse, as they possess the knowledge, training and opportunity to observe and respond to children's behaviour and physical conditions over a period of time. Additionally, because of the close daily contact they are in a unique position to identify these children who need help and protection.
 Child sexual abuse cannot  happen in a vacuum. Various  factors together  are involved    which allow  for abuse to happen but  these very same aspects  when reworked,  can  provide for  a holistic and coordinated program to safeguard children in a school setting  and  establish a culture of safety.


PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE:  EVOLVING A CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
A child protection policy (CPP) articulates an organization’s  zero tolerance approach to child abuse. An important step towards achieving this objective  would be for every institution which works with  and for children to develop and adhere to a child protection policy,  taking into account  their  unique idiosyncrasies,  which would have clear cut guidelines and protocols  to  provide for a safe and conducive environment for both children and the adults  with whom they interact.  This is especially significant as  there is enough evidence, both anecdotally and research based, to indicate    offenders often intentionally target child-serving organizations due to the proximity and accessibility the work offers to children -  a corollary to the well established fact that  children are usually  abused by people who are responsible for their well being and welfare and whom they trust. Abusers particularly take advantage of those organizations  they perceive as  unsafe -  lack of  protocols and supervision, careless in managing risks etc.  On  the one hand   a CPP  helps protect the staff of an organization from allegations of abuse, giving them the confidence to know there is a clear cut system of redress in case an allegation is leveled, on the other it helps organizations be proactive in safeguarding children.
AN INTRODUCTION TO PERSONAL SAFETY EDUCATION – CONCEPTS & PRACTISE
With the objective of empowering  primary school going age  children to safeguard themselves against CSA, the sessions on Personal Safety Education  is to provide  participants with an understanding of  age-appropriate  information and   the accompanying   non-threatening methods to convey it while utilizing   a variety of resources developed specifically for this purpose 
ADDRESSING SEXUAL MISBEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN & YOUTH
Children  and young people abusing their peers or other children with heightened vulnerabilities,  is a reality today. The causes of sexual abusive behaviors are varied and include both victimization experience and learning from family and community behaviors and culture. If parents,  educators and  communities remain reluctant to acknowledge the existence of  sexual misbehaviors by children and youth  and respond to these behaviors inappropriately, they  could worsen  situations  It is necessary to identify  and promote  practical ideas to work with communities to build positive messages and behaviours and  practice appropriate response to children with sexual misbehavior issues for healthy sexual development
POCSO,  EDUCATORS & SCHOOLS
With various aspects of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) 2012 including  sectors apart from the criminal justice system,  a  presentation on the highlights of the Act and its relevance to educators and educational institutions   will wrap up the  workshop
Understanding the dynamics  of child sexual abuse,  and knowing  the community resources and services available,  will be  integral aspects for  the  specific workshops  mentioned below  

 Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed  application forms (Please find attached Application form) which  will be accepted up to Nov 26, 2016. Participants will be informed of their acceptance within a day of Tulir  receiving the application.

The venue of the workshop will be  in Kilpauk, Chennai - 600 010 and will be intimated after completion of registration formalities – completed application form, acceptance  and  prior payment which can be made through DD/cheque/electronic transfer

Registration fee will be Rs 800/- per day including  lunch and tea
Relevant learning material  will be provided. The workshops will be in English

 Timings : Only on Day 1 the workshop will be from10 am - 5pm. All other days will be 9.30 am- 4.30pm.

Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  (Tulir can assist with suggestions)


Please contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in or call 26618026 (10 am - 6 pm, Monday – Friday) for further details. We will be glad to clarify any other related queries and  encourage you to share this information with others who you think may be interested.

Thanks and looking forward
Tulir



Monday, November 07, 2016

Animation films for children on Personal Safety

Link to the animation films for kids - Goodgoodi karna, gale lagana;Sparsh ke niyam seekhiye (Hindi) and Tickles and Hugs: Learning the touching rules ( English ) - on Personal Safety - to equip and empower kids with non threatening age appropriate information, skills and self esteem to build self protective behavior.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3La2y_3jQIY&feature=youtu.be
https://youtu.be/szSgwfbGzUc

Monday, September 19, 2016

Positively Shameless

Positively Shameless is a devised theatre performance about aspects of childhood sexual abuse that endure into adulthood. It is a playful, dramatic act of resistance and revelation by five adult women who challenge the shame and silence that often surrounds survivors. This drama grew out of a 12 week drama therapy process involving female adult survivors of child sexual abuse. It is an attempt to take our work outside the group, share our journey and connect with others.
Friday, 30th Sept 2016, - Oct. 2 2016 7 pm
Rangasthala auditorium, Bangalore

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Workshop - Addressing sexual behavioural problems in youth

When we agitate for something we should also offer a recourse. The amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act were recently passed amidst a lot of controversy. But how many of us work or know how to work with youth with sexual behavioural problems?
 Co - organized with Butterflies.
21st September, 2016, New Delhi.
Pls email preventcsa@gmail.com for further information

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Tamil Workshop - It's Everyone's Business - Working Together to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Primary School Going Age Children

A society’s integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of  sexual  violence against children happen. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of  occurrence and proactive steps taken to  both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere.

Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse is organizing a workshop facilitated in Tamil on It's Everyone's Business - Working Together to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Primary School Going Age Children - Child sexual abuse does not happen all by itself. There are many factors involved. When working to protect young children each of these elements need to come together to form a holistic and coordinated program. During these 2 days we will discuss dynamics  of child sexual abuse, working with children, parents, schools, teachers,  civil society, health professionals within  the prevailing legal framework  and understanding child development that includes sexual development. Engaging with  specific  materials for each group,   and knowing  the community resources and services available  will be  integral aspects of the workshop .

Date & Time : September 9th & 10th, 2016 from 9.30 to 4.30pm at Chennai.  
 
Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed  application forms (Please find attached an Application form). Participants will be informed of their acceptance  within a day of Tulir  receiving the application. Venue particulars  will be given   on confirmation of acceptance of participation. 
 
Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements .Refreshments and relevant learning material  will be provided during the workshop.

Registration fees will be Rs 800/- per dayYou may send a DD in the name of Tulir Charitable Trust or if you wish to pay by electronic transfer our bank details is as follows;

For further queries please contact  044-26618026 or preventcsa@gmail.com

Monday, June 06, 2016

Tulir Workshop Series 2 of 2

UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO INSTITUTIONAL BASED SEXUAL ABUSE 
June 22&23, 2016 Chennai

A sizable number of children  spend  a significant time in institutional settings -  schools, hostels,   children’s homes -  both Govt and privately managed , and other similar facilities which cater exclusively to children. It is unfortunate however,  that  often the very people  and structures entrusted with the care and well being of  children – wardens, administrators,   teachers, are the violators of this trust reposed in them. The  sadder reality is that more often than not  cases of  sexual violence against children,  in institutional settings are hidden and concealed, with traumatized child victims  revictimized through threats and blame  and  the  adults  responsible for the violence shielded,  pardoned,  and  emboldened to continue.
As  the reporting of institutional  based  allegations swell, it is increasingly becoming clear that  a wider and better  understanding of the  protocols to be followed while  sifting through information to substantiate or refute,  taking into account practical aspects of investigation and the theoretical  and ethical underpinnings of enquiring  with vulnerable  children in extremely complex environments, is necessitated .

In this workshop, we will be looking at the unique nature of sexual abuse that occurs within an institutional environment. While there are many similarities to familial sexual abuse, institutions have a different set of dynamics around which sexual abuse may occur. The workshop will explore those dynamics and the typical responses that happen after initial disclosures. The workshop will also look at the ways in which disclosures occur and how to support a child doing so. 

This is not a forensic workshop and thus, how the criminal justice system  may handle such cases is not included. This workshop is intended for those who may work with children and families who have been victims of sexual abuse within an institutional context.

Tulir Workshop Series 1 of 2

Workshop on Forensic and Therapeutic Interviewing - Addressing child sexual abuse disclosure

A society’s integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of   sexual  violence against children happen. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of  occurrence and proactive steps taken to  both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere.
Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse is organizing  a Workshop on Forensic and Therapeutic Interviewing
 on June 20&21 at Chennai,  which will be in English. Details of the workshop are mentioned below
Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed  application forms (Please find pasted below a description of the workshop and you may write to us for the Application form) which  will be accepted up to June17th. Participants will be informed of their acceptance  within a day of Tulir  receiving the application.  A detailed workshop outline, venue particulars   and registration timing will be given   on confirmation of acceptance of participation. 
Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Refreshments and relevant learning material  will be provided during the workshop. Registration will be Rs 800/- per day and it is mandatory for participants to attend both days.
The presenter will be Dr.  Peter Choate,   PhD, RSW Clinical Social Worker and Assistant Professor, Child Studies and Social Work, Mount Royal University, Calgary Canada. He has presented and published extensively  on his areas of research and practice  – addictions, life transitions court related issues including custody, family violence and assessments in child welfare matters and other forensic social work matters (including risk assessments of juveniles and adults with addiction, mental health and sexual offending concerns). Additionally he has qualified on many occasions in the Provincial Court of Alberta (Family and Youth Division) as an Expert Witness in Clinical Social Work besides also in the Court of Queen’s Bench. Among his other professional qualifications he has a Diplomate from  the American Board of Forensic Examiners  and has been Chair and Chair Emeritus  as well as Member, of the Executive Advisory Board of the American Board of Forensic Social Workers
Please contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in or call 26618026 (10 am - 6 pm, Monday – Friday) for further details. We will be glad to clarify any other related queries and  encourage you to share this information with others who you think may be interested
Thanks
Tulir
 
Workshop on Forensic and Therapeutic Interviewing

Children disclose sexual abuse in a variety of ways. One of the least common ways is to talk about the abuse directly. It is more common for children to disclose abuse either as Indirect or Accidental Disclosure or Disguised Disclosure. Additionally concerns or allegations about abuse arising from observations or a report could also prompt the necessity for further inquiry to appropriately intervene. Furthermore as the reporting of institutional based  allegations swell, it is increasingly becoming clear that  a better  understanding of the ethical underpinnings and standardized protocols to be followed while  sifting through information to substantiate or refute,  is necessitated..

This workshop is designed to assist those  human service providers who by virtue of their  professional duties/responsibilities  may receive an initial disclosure of sexual abuse, may   have to  enquire into an allegation of abuse and/or who additionally  may have to initiate the  process of healing through counseling as part of psychosocial support before making a referral for specialized  therapeutic intervention
Participants will learn:
1.      How disclosures are typically made;
2.      How to respond to disclosure;
3.      What are forensic questions and how to ask;
4.      What are therapeutic questions and how to ask;
5.      What is the difference between a forensic and a therapeutic approach;
6.      What initial receivers of a disclosure should not do;
7.      What creates safety for a disclosure and what shuts disclosure down.
Participants  may be anyone who works with children and youth serving organizations  This could include  frontline responders like    educators, social  workers, counselors  as well as those involved with child protection agencies ( Childline, CWC’s, DCPU’s etc..) .
This workshop is not designed for people who are responsible for criminal investigations or therapists/counselors providing long term support

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Tulir Workshop Series

Tulir regrets to inform the cancellation of the Tulir Workshop Series scheduled for Jan 27 &Jan 28, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Tulir Workshop Series. PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: Addressing SEXUAL MISBEHAVIORS IN CHILDREN and YOUTH

Mark the dates - Jan 27 and Jan 28, 2016, Chennai

 Children and youth behave sexually for several reasons, from curiosity to cultural messages to responses due to abuse. Most sexual misbehavior is common and normal. When adults respond to these behaviors appropriately, children and youth learn appropriate behaviors. Unfortunately, so many common sexual misbehavior is responded to in ways that could accelerate normal behavior into abuse of other children.
This 2 day session will look at the many messages, direct and indirect, that we give or allow our children to receive that help create sexual misbehavior to aggressive abuse. Day 1 will look at practical ideas to work with communities to build positive messages and behaviours. Day 2 will practice appropriate respones to children with sexual misbehavior issues for healthy sexual development. For more info, pls contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in

Thursday, December 31, 2015

To a mindful about climate change 2016

Health, Peace and Cheer!

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tulir Workshop Series - Sept 14 - 16, 2015, Chennai

Hello

Connecting the Dots - Tulir - Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse ‘s Workshop Series to Address Sexual Violence against Children  will be held  in Chennai  between  September 14 – 16, 2015.   

Topics (Scroll down for details)

1.Designing a holistic child protection system  for primary  schools - K-Std. 5 (2 days)
2. Interviewing children (1 day)                                                                            
3.Addressing children and youth with sexual behavior problems ( 3 days ).

Training Faculty

Dr Lois J Engelbrecht,  has helped create systems of prevention and response to sexual abuse of children  in the  Phillippines, Malaysia, China, India, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Vietnam. Read more about Dr Engelbrecht  at  http://www.waldenu.edu/about/newsroom/publications/articles/2011/07-going-the-distance

Zenaida S Rosales is the Co-Founder, Executive Director,  Mentor  and Trainer at Center for the Prevention and treatment of Child Sexual Abuse (CPTCSA), Manila, Philippines since 2003 to present. She is also Vice Chairperson of the Govt. Of  Philippines ‘s  Special Committee against Child Sexual Abuse and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (SACSEC) of the Council for the Protection of Children (CWC) from  2014. She has researched,  published, and presented  extensively  on  Working with Sexually Abusive Filipino Children at various international forums

Since limited seats are available, participants will be selected based on their completed  application forms (Please find attached Application form) which  will be accepted up to September 8th. Participants will be informed of their acceptance within a day of Tulir  receiving the application.

The venue of the workshop will be  in Kilpauk, Chennai - 600 010 and will be intimated after completion of registration formalities – completed application form, acceptance  and payment which can be made through DD/cheque/electronic transfer

Registration fee will be Rs 800/- per day including including  lunch and tea . Participants will have to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.  
Timings : Only on Day 1 the workshop will be from10 am - 5pm. All other days will be 9.30 am- 4.30pm.
Relevant learning material  will be provided. The workshops will be in English

Please contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in or call 26618026 (10 am - 6 pm, Monday – Friday) for further details. We will be glad to clarify any other related queries and  encourage you to share this information with others who you think may be interested.

Thanks and looking forward
Tulir

About the workshops


A society’s integrity and worth is not based on whether cases of   sexual  violence against children happen. Instead it is based on the acceptance of the possibilities of  occurrence and proactive steps taken to  both safeguard and respond in a timely and appropriate way to ensure that its children may benefit from its caring and foresight to truly have the right to be safe all the time, everywhere.

September 14 -15, Trainer, Dr. Lois J. Engelbrecht

Designing a holistic child protection system  for primary  schools.(K- Std.5) Child abuse does not happen all by itself. There are many factors involved. When working to protect young children each of these elements need to come together to form a holistic and coordinated program. During these 2 days we will discuss causes of child abuse with a focus on sexual abuse, working with students, working with parents, training teachers, developing appropriate materials, understanding the physical boundaries of a school, understanding child development that includes sexual development, and knowing your community resources for help.

September 16, Trainer, Dr. Lois J. Engelbrecht
Interviewing children. Abuse can be traumatic for children. Sometimes children cope with the abuse but are traumatized when adults discover it. So talking about what happened can be as or even more traumatic than what we consider as abuse. This 1-day session will go through some of the major elements of interviewing, both for court and for therapeutic purposes, in a child-friendly yet effective manner.

September 14 -16,  Trainer,  Zenaida S Rosales

Addressing children and youth with sexual behavior problems
The causes of sexual abusive behaviors are varied and include both victimization experience and learning from family and community behaviors and culture. Regardless of the cause, however, children abusing children is a reality today. If the public and communities remain reluctant to acknowledge the existence of children with abusive sexual behaviors, treatment options to stop the sexual offending  of these children at early ages will also remain uncertain. With this information, participants can design and implement effective services for prevention  and treatment that focus on the individual, family, community and culture.