Keeping Children Safe holds successful course on child participation in child protection

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Keeping Children Safe holds successful course on child participation in child protection

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London, UK - In December Keeping Children Safe held two successful workshops with the Child-to-Child Trust, a KCS member, on its new material on Child Participation in Child Protection. 

The first week's workshop focused on training trainers in Child Participation in Child Protection. On completion of the course, the participants were able to:

  • come to grips with the complex topic of hild participation
  • reach an understanding about the value of working with children as competent partners
  • have an increased knowledge on how to involve children in decisions affecting their lives
  • be familiar with the child participation tool of the Keeping Children Safe toolkit
  • deliver trainings for co-workers and others applying a child participatory approach
  • build structures for follow-up support and on-going trainings.

The second course focused on helping practitioners to improve their awareness and knowledge on children’s participation in decisions affecting their lives and to better involve children and young people participating in various programmes in child protection.  Participants left confident in the knowledge that they:

  • Understood the complex topic of child participation
  • Learnt about the value of working with children as competent partners and how to involve children in decisions affecting their lives.
  • Were familiar with child participatory techniques and use the Keeping Children Safe toolkit as a valuable resource.

The course was facilitated by Barbara Lill-Rastern and Sonal Zaveri, both highly experiencd consultants from Austria and India respectively. Participants welcomed the variety of the training which included lectures, exercises, group work and demonstrations. The Keeping Children Safe material and training tools on child participation and child protection provided a central resource guides for the training. 

"One of the things the participants of both workshops appreciated," said Alex Dressler, KCS's consultancy manager, "was the diversity of the people taking the courses. Not only were participants from different countries, but they also represented a variety of organisations: a UN agency, international nongovernmental organisations, and faith-based organisations. They came from as far away as Iraq and Australia. This meant that people learned from each other. They also made some incredible new contacts."

 

 

If you would like training within your organisation on child participation in child protection please contact Alex Dressler alex.dressler@keepingchildrensafe.org.uk