Sunday, November 30, 2014

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



Hello

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 Dec15 &16, 2014 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 Dec 12th. 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 26192026 (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




Friday, November 21, 2014

The Hindu Young World poster on Smart ways to be Safe

A full page poster published in today's Young World supplement of The Hindu -Thanks once again to The Hindu for their commitment to working towards every child 's right to be safe all the time from sexual abuse. And thanks Biswajit and Kota for also making it happen

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Lecture: Of Evil Beneovelence - Sabotaging the Journey of the the Travelling Child Sex Offender



November 19, 2014 at  6.30 pm at the Freemasons Hall Auditorium, C-in-C Road, Egmore, Chennai



As part of its Technical Expert in Residence program , 
  Tulir - Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse 
is pleased to be hosting Ms. Christine Beddoe, former Director
 of ECPAT – UK  for  a fortnight in November 2014.
The timeliness of   Ms. Beddoes’s visit cannot be further emphasized; 
A recent order of the Madras High Court has impleaded the Secretary,
 Ministry
 of WCD, Govt of India
 in a case of sexual abuse by a foreign national.  

There is an underlying sense of urgency as well. 
 In the past month alone, the UK courts
 have rejected an appeal by India for one of their citizens 
(an associate of the notorious Freddy Peats) who has been charged with 
abusing children in Goa about twenty years ago. 
In fact this was the first case which brought attention to TSCO’s in India. 
Additionally, a former   British Airways pilot has been convicted of 
facilitating abuse of children in India – Bangalore and Chennai in particular.
The issue of TSCO’s is truly global with   individuals traveling from country 
to country,
seeking to keep offending while evading the law.(The biggest societal blind 
spot
with regard to TSCO’s is their compulsiveness and repetitiveness)
However contrary to popular belief that the sexual exploitation of children is 
tourism related, 
obtaining a tourist visa/traveling on a tourist visa is as much as where the 
tourism angle ends. 
There is mounting  evidence, both anecdotal as well as from NGO’s and  
police forces to 
strongly suggest that  the modus operandi of  TCSO’s  is to  seek out  
 volunteer jobs 
as it offers them the perfect  guise without arousing any suspicions
 but instead being 
held in great reverence. This also gives them ample opportunity to
 focus on their primary
objective –which is sexual abuse of the children, usually the very same children under
their care and responsibility. 
Needless to state there is no dearth of vulnerable children, in India   to
 groom and exploit.
Mitigating the overall threat from TCSO offending, however,
 remains particularly problematic.
The inevitable socio-cultural and  legal  barriers hamper  - a diffidence
 about understanding 
the complexities of  sexual violence; weak administrative systems of  
 child protection; 
lack of training among professionals with   investigating   
and prosecuting sexual crime 
against children  not considered a specialized area; compounded 
by archaic procedures
and processes, which are counterproductive to the prosecution 
of transnational crime,  still prevailing.
This specific form of sexual violence against children is eminently containable. 
The over-riding need is to become as proactive as possible
 - to prevent TCSO’s from
offending in the first place rather than just react to them 
after they have offended.
 For effective redress as well, this would include besides awareness, 
plugging the gaps and loopholes in policy and legislation and
 most importantly developing a coordinated national response involving 
various Ministries - External and Home Affairs, 
Women and Child Development/Social
 Justice/Welfare and the sectors they govern.

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Launch of Personal Safety Awareness Boards for Children “ Un Paathugappukku Sila Yosanaigal”


As part of a collaborative, proactive and continuing effort and concern shared with the Corporation of Chennai since the last 8 years, to ensure the well being and safety of children studying in it’s schools, Tulir - Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse has developed and installed boards in all the 275 schools managed by the Chennai Corporation with non threatening age appropriate easy to remember simple personal safety rules. This initiative has been made possible with support from Friends of India and is part of commemorating Nov. 19 - The World day for the Prevention of Child Abuse
It is based on the concepts of Personal Safety Education a program, which is an extension of the safety rules we teach our children, i.e. don’t play with fire, look both sides before and while crossing a road, etc. The messages will work towards equipping and empowering children to build self protective behavior besides strengthening the ability of those adults morally and socially responsible for the protection of children.
Venue: Corporation Higher Secondary School, School Road, Kolathur (Near Retteri Junction)
Time: 9.00 am
Date: Mon. Nov. 3, 2014
Worshipful Mayor Mr S Duraisamy will preside

How adult men understand their experiences of sexual abuse during childhood

Please find attached information about a research project with adult men who have experienced child sexual abuse, being conducted by Alankaar Sharma. Alankaar has been involved with anti-child sexual abuse efforts in India for over 10 years. Male survivors are an under-addressed group and their experiences and concerns deserve greater attention. If you would like to participate in the research or have any questions about the research, please contact Alankaar directly (his phone number and email are mentioned in the flyer

Monday, September 08, 2014

- Adressing Schools and CSA prevention - Tulir - US Consulate



Dear Principal / Correspondent:

On behalf of the American Library at the U.S. Consulate General, Chennai and the Tulir-Center for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse, I cordially invite you to a screening of the documentary “RECOGNIZING CHILD ABUSE” followed by a discussion. Ms. Vidya Reddy, Executive Director, and Ms. Nancy Thomas, Program Manager, Tulir-Center will moderate the discussion. 

Venue: U.S. Consulate General, Cathedral Road, Chennai 600 006

Date & Time: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 2.30 p.m.   

Schools play a vital role in a child’s life. Teachers have the potential to effectively teach protective behaviors to children.  Teachers and school staff have the dual role of being educators and protectors of children under their tutelage. Teachers are in a unique position to identify and observe such children who need help and protection.  Early detection of child abuse is crucial in breaking the cycle of violence and preventing further physical and emotional damage to the child. 

Please write/call us if you wish to attend the program.  Our telephone numbers and email are 2857-4166/2857-4017/2857-4324 (8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday).  Email: chennairefdesk@state.gov

Entry Requirements: Visitors are requested to conform to security regulations and produce a valid original Photo Identification (ID) at the Consulate’s Cathedral Road entrance.  Accepted photo IDs are passports, driver’s licenses, voter ID card, Adhar Card, PAN card government employer issued IDS or school/college/university issued ID. All electronic devices must be deposited with the security staff before entering the Consulate.  Please note that there is no car/two wheeler parking facility in the Consulate premises.

We look forward to seeing you on September 16, 2014.

With best wishes,
                                                                                                Sincerely,




                                                                                                Ariel H. Pollock
                                                                                                Public Affairs Officer

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

hit, beat,whip,spank - they all have the same implications

Photo: I hear all the time that spanking is not hitting or beating. But look these words up in the dictionary and they all do mean the same thing.

Keeping kids safe from sexual abuse in schools

 http://themamabeareffect.org/1/post/2014/08/keeping-kids-safe-from-sexual-abuse-in-schools.html

http://www.tulir.org/takestovillage.htm#schools
Schools are at the frontline of child protection since they have the potential to both teach protective behaviors effectively and to a greater number of children than any other system, including parental instructions. This is because a large part of the truly "awake" time of a child's waking hours are spent at school. 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.
What schools can do to prevent Child Sexual Abuse:
* Ensure teachers, volunteers and anyone else with access to children is properly screened and trained
4 Implement and enforce a policy for reporting child sexual abuse and handling disclosures from children
* Establish protocols and screening for school computer use. Provide training to students and teachers on acceptable use of computers
* Assess your environmental structure and take every possible step to make it safer for children
* Make certain campus security is in place so that all visitors are screened through the office and the unusual incidents/visitors are handled.
* Provide programmes and roles for parents to make them a part of their children's safety and security at school and while going to and from school.
* Choose or develop child-safety programs for the school that are based on accepted educational theories, are appropriate for the child's age and levels of education and development, and are designed to offer concepts that will help children build self-confidence in order to better handle and protect themselves in all types of situations. Use multiple program components that are repeated several years and use qualified presenters who include role-playing, behavioral rehearsal, feedback and active participation in presentations.

Teachers and Prevention Training

Schools have fire suppression systems and evacuation procedures. Coaches are trained to spot and treat issues like heat exhaustion and muscle fatigue. Teachers are trained to assess educational needs and recognize learning difficulties. But what is being done to protect kids from child sexual abuse?Photo: Schools have fire suppression systems and evacuation procedures. Coaches are trained to spot and treat issues like heat exhaustion and muscle fatigue. Teachers are trained to assess educational needs and recognize learning difficulties. But what is being done to protect kids from child sexual abuse?


Anti-Bullying Week 2014 (17-21 November).

The Anti-Bullying Alliance has launched the official film for Anti-Bullying Week 2014 (17-21 November). This year, the focus will be on preventing bullying of children with disabilities and special educational needs.
Source: Anti-Bullying Alliance http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/ Anti-Bullying Alliance 28 July 2014
Further information:
Official Anti-Bullying Week 2014 film - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRxXbUEbX5E Official Anti-Bullying Week 2014 film - YouTube


 NCB ABW 2014 GREEN HASHTAG

Sunday, July 20, 2014

CBSE schools and addressing child sexual abuse

 A circular from the Central Board of Secondary Education dated March 2013, stating that teachers management and employees of all CBSE schools need to be aware of the pertinent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act which have a special relevance to schools. They are Sections 19(1) and 21, 5 and 9
http://cbse.nic.in/circulars/circular_child_abuse_2013.pdf

 Photo: A circular from the Central Board of Secondary Education dated March 2013, stating that teachers management and employees of all CBSE schools need to be aware of the pertinent sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act which have a special relevance to schools. They are Sections 19(1) and 21, 5 and 9

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Connecting the dots - Tulir Annual Workshop Series


Hello

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 Connecting the Dots –  The Annual Program Series to Address Sexual Violence against Children between  August 4 – 8, 2014 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 the Schedule with details and you may write to us for the Application form) which  will be accepted up to August 1. Participants will be informed of their acceptance  within a day of Tulir  receiving the application. 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.

Dr. Lois J. Engelbrecht, will lead the workshops . Since founding the nonprofit Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse in 1993, she has helped create systems of prevention and response in the Philippines, Malaysia, China, India, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Read more about Dr Engelbrecht at http://www.waldenu.edu/About- Us/42022.htm

Please contact tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in or call 26192026 (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

PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: THEORY-BASED PRIMARY PREVENTION
Aug.4th pre lunch and mandatoty

Child sexual abuse is a multifaceted problem that requires a holistic response. Preventing child sexual abuse requires at least a two-fold focus, primary prevention that tries to reach all children and secondary prevention that focuses on populations at risk. This half-day seminar will present the basic theory supporting primary prevention with examples of some best-practices. These elements can then be used for secondary prevention when there is an understanding of which aspects of populations are at-risk and how to use which elements for these at-risk aspects.

 PERSONAL SAFETY EDUCATION – AN INTRODUCTION Aug.4th post lunch

With the objective of empowering  primary school going age  children to safeguard themselves against CSA, the workshop on CSA prevention through 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 


PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: DEALING WITH SEXUAL MISBEHAVIORS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN 1 day
Children behave sexually for several reasons, from curiosity to responses due to abuse. Most sexual misbehavior is common and normal. When adults respond to these behaviors appropriately, children learn appropriate behaviors. Unfortunately, so many common sexual misbehavior is responded to in ways that could accelerate normal behavior into abuse of other children. These sessions will look at practical ideas to respond to children with sexual misbehavior issues for healthy sexual development.
PREVENTION OF CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE: WORKING WITH OUR BOYS 1 day
Prevention tends to focus on protection from victimization, with much less on preventing the development of sex offenders. This session will look at the Indian boy and the socio-cultural factors that work against him. What pressure does patriarchy place on boys? How could boys respond to the fact that so much focus and effort is placed on helping girls? The purpose of the session is to pose questions for critical inquiry in order to increase our understanding of the perceived environment of boys so that we can better support their positive development. The best way to prevent child sexual abuse is to create a world where children do not develop into adult offenders.


AN INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHO – SOCIAL INTERVENTIONS  & USING THE TRAUMAGENIC DYNAMIC FRAMEWORK TO ASSESS  PRE- AND ADOLESCENT GIRLS WHO HAVE BEEN  SEXUALLY ABUSED  2 days

Against the context of the ecological model, socio-cultural  realities  and from a mental heath and therapeutic   perspective, the presentation  on An introduction to   psycho social interventions would give participants  an overview of the concerns  and variables involved,  to address  effects of sexual abuse on the well being of a  child who has been sexually abused  and their family. Discussion would be around case study reviews and  examples of activities related to case presentations

The  workshop on Using the Traumagenic Dynamic Framework to assess  pre- and adolescent girls who have been  sexually abused  would build on  the understanding acquired, to  further the process of a Healing Plan

Sunday, June 22, 2014

This 19-Year-Old Pedophile Has Never Gone Near A Child. And He Needs You To Hear His Story.

If the podcast is difficult to follow, you can read the transcript - the link is midway through the article.
 http://www.upworthy.com/this-19-year-old-pedophile-has-never-gone-near-a-child-and-he-needs-you-to-hear-his-story?c=exit1





"The definition of pedophilia is "a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children, generally age 11 years or younger."
Note how I emphasized "attraction." To be a pedophile, you don't have to act on your urges. Just thinking them is enough. Which makes sense. The thing is, though, this attraction can start manifesting in kids as young as 12 or 13. And they have no way to talk about these urges or how to prevent them from taking control of their lives without being considered a threat. Talk to a shrink? You risk being reported to the authorities. The scientific community is so afraid of the stigma attached to even researching pedophilia that it's barely been studied it at all. Which seems like kind of a bad idea if we want to prevent the victimization of more young children.

So a 19-year-old kid, an admitted pedophile who has never acted on his impulses, started an online support group. His mom is helping him find solutions. He needs you to hear this, for the sake of your own kids."