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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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