Keeping Children Safe delivers training to USAID AIDSTAR-ONE partners

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Keeping Children Safe delivers training to USAID AIDSTAR-ONE partners

John Snow Inc has commissioned Keeping Children Safe to deliver training to partners working in the USAID AIDSTAR-One programme.  

 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"91","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]] “I have benefitted a lot from the training. I work in the field of children and this is one of the parts I was looking at as a ‘monster’!  It seemed very big and I didn’t think I could understand it – policies, procedures, manuals….But I am very happy.  Now I feel a part of it and can see the positive impact it is having. The challenge is now to put it into practice!” Helena Mkhabela, Program Manager, Hands at Work  23-24 May South Africa.

 

 

Gloria Nyahuma and Paul Nolan led the South Africa workshop. Paul Nolan said  “this is a very significant and an important initiative, and one which USAID and its partners are to be congratulated on. We know that children living with HIV/AIDS are amongst some of the most vulnerable when it comes to issues of violence, abuse and exploitation and this programme of training is designed to strengthen the capacity of agencies working with these children across a large number in African countries to provide them with increased protection”.

 

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of child abuse and what is required to keep children safe, with a particular focus on children living with HIV/AIDS
  • To develop a common sense of purpose amongst participants on strategies and approaches to ensure high quality and consistent implementation of child protection measures throughout their organisations
  • To review current safeguarding measures within participating organisations and consider what other child protection measures may be necessary
  • To consider the challenges of building safe environments for children with particular reference to HIV/AIDS, disability, culture, and issues of gender
  • To support integration of child protection into all areas of activity of within participating organisations and carry out practical planning for this.

 

 

 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"92","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]"I learned a lot. I work with kids and think I know about children’s rights and so on but then realise about things that children face. We haven’t had to deal with issues but now I know that we have to put children first – make sure they are safe, involve them, listen to them. We don’t have a child protection policy but will go back to management and look at how we can develop and implement one."

Tshidi Meile, Youth Care Coordinator, Hands at Work

 

 

 

 

 

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_preview","fid":"93","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]"I came on the training because we are a child protection agency and the more knowledge we get, the more we can help communities. I wanted to look at child protection policies and procedures and how to take that to staff to help them. I also wanted to see where we had gaps and the training really helped with that. It affirmed that we are on the right track  but I am also taking away an action plan to strengthen in some key areas."

Himla Makhan, Program Manager, NACCW

 

 

 

 

Corinne Davey, Director of Keeping Children Safe, run two workshops in Addis Ababa in June. Participating organisations worked with orphans and vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV/AIDS, children on the move and excluded and marginalised children. The two workshops supported organisations to either develop child protection policies or review existing policies. It was fortunate that the organisations participating had a range of experiences, some worked directly with schools, two had very robust child protection policies in place, a few were funding partners and others were implementing programmes directly. This meant the training could draw on those experiences to support each organisation in strengthening their child safeguarding measures in a way that was relevant to them. The workshops were the start of a process and organisations now need to finalise and then implement their action plans for strengthening their child safeguarding measures.

 

 

 

AIDSTAR-One is USAID's global HIV/AIDS project providing support and technical assistance to teams working across the world. http://www.aidstar-one.com/focus_areas/ovc