Our local partner in Cambodia runs training courses in child protection for volunteers

By Sallie Grayson. Filed in good and bad practice, project news  |  
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This from ConCERT Cambodia most recent newsletter 

” In January ConCERT started running child protection training for volunteers who come to work with children and vulnerable people in Cambodia.

The training consists of:

·         an assessment of the volunteers’ awareness/knowledge of child protection issues

·         an introduction to child protection

·         what it is

·         who abuses children, including societal abuse

·         socio-economic factors that impact on child abuse

·         an overview of Cambodia that includes:

·         recent history, particularly relating to children

·        Western/Cambodian culture differences

·         the link between poverty and child abuse/human trafficking

·         examining differences in attitudes to child protection across gender, culture, generations

·         the different forms of child abuse and how to identify them

  •  neglect

·         emotional

·         physical

·         sexual

·        volunteers’ child protection duties and responsibilities:

·        at their place of work

·        in their free time outside work

·        taking photographs

·        procedures in case of suspected/actual abuse/volunteers accused of abuse etc

The sessions now run every other Monday from 9.00 a.m. until around 5.00 p.m.  with additional ones as required.  They are usually held at the ConCERT office though we ran a session in Kampot in August for all the new weltwärts volunteers in Cambodia.  We have been asked to run a session in Hong Kong next year, which is very exciting.

The really great news for Cambodian children is that more and more volunteer placement organisations are using us to train all their volunteers and their logos are on this page.

We continue to receive some great feedback, especially that the sessions not only raise and cover child protection issues, but that they serve as an effective introduction to Cambodian culture.

The price is $15 per person, which includes morning and afternoon refreshment breaks and several handouts.

They are very interactive and include a mixture of instructor lead activities, ice breaker sessions, group work, and whole group activities.  We have trained over 400 participants and more than 20 non-ConCERT NGOs have sent volunteers and staff.

ConCERT is looking to improve our current training facilities.

You can read more about that through the assistance of Travel Pledge

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