TRAINING ON CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

 

Date of the training: 21-23/06/2017
Training Venue: Kigali-CLASSIC HOTEL
Contact person: Evariste MURWANASHYAKA, Tel: 0788300685

 

 

I. INTRODUCTION

CLADHO (Collectif des Ligues et Associations de Défense des Droits de l'Homme au Rwanda), is the Legal registered Umbrella of Human Rights Organizations in Rwanda established in 1993.
Since 2016, CLADHO is focusing more on child protection and fight against child sexual abuse and teenage pregnancy to contribute in elimination of any kind of child abuse.

Everyone who participates in CLADHO's activities is entitled to do so in an enjoyable and safe environment.  The CLADHO have a moral and legal obligation to ensure that, when given responsibility for Child, staff and volunteers, members or partners provide them with the highest possible standard of care.
CLADHO is committed to provide the best possible care for children under its care and supervision.

II. PROBLEMATIC AND BACKGROUND

The children are one of the vulnerable groups who require special protection of all institutions in the society. The public, private institutions and Civil Society Organizations must take into consideration the particular rights of children when it comes to work with them or for them.
The Republic of Rwanda is party to numerous International Conventions, Declarations or Treaties on human rights, education, labor, disabilities and refugees. These include the United Nations convention of the rights of the child (UNCRC, 1989), its two optional protocols on children in armed conflict and on sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography and is party to the African charter on the rights and welfare of the child (ACRWC).
Every child is potentially at risk of abuse and exploitation. Some girls or boys may be more vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, due to various forms of discrimination relating to their socio-economic status, gender, disability or living situation.
Therefore it is important that every person connected with CLADHO understands child abuse and his /her respective role and responsibilities in protecting children.
CLADHO as human rights based umbrella strongly condemn all forms of child abuse and exploitation, within or outside the CLADHO. We always respond to any case of proven, alleged or attempted abuse within our sphere of influence according to its nature.
We are committed to actively safeguarding children from harm and ensuring children’s rights to protection are fully realized by taking seriously. It is our responsibility to promote child safe practices and protect children from harm, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

Bearing in mind that the welfare of the child is paramount, CLADHO is committed

to the following:

  • All children, whatever their age, culture, ability, gender, language, racial origin, religious belief and/or sexual identity should be able to enjoy their rights in safe environment,
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from harm, discrimination and degrading treatment and to respect their rights, wishes and feelings,
  • Devising and implementing policies so that everyone accepts their responsibilities to safeguard children from harm and abuse,
  • All suspicions and allegations of poor practice or abuse will be taken seriously and responded to swiftly and appropriately,
  • All CLADHO's employees recruited to work with children will be selected                                                             with regard to their suitability for that responsibility, and will be provided with guidance and/or training in good practice and child protection procedures,
  • Working in partnership with parents and children is essential for the protection of children.

Basing on the above mentioned facts, everyone working with CLADHO including all CLADHO member organizations should have its own child protection policy and it is against this background that CLADHO is organizing a three days training on Child Protection Policy (Module 1) for its member organizations and partners.

 

III. Objectives of the training
3.1. General Objective
The general objective of the training is to assist CLADHO member Organizations and partners to prevent abuse of children and to manage abuse if it occurs or is alleged.
3.2. Specific objectives of the training are:

  • To provide skills on child protection policy for all CLADHO member organizations and partners and increase awareness of child protection,
  • To encourage members and staff of different Organizations members of CLADHO who directly involve with children to apply the skills needed to contribute to each child’s development and protection,
  • To ensure that all organizations members of  CLADHO have the  information needed to contribute to child promotion and protection,
  • To provide an opportunity to explore values in relation to child abuse,
  • To prepare CLADHO member organizations to develop its own Child Protection Policies.

IV. Expected results

  • Participants have skills on Child protection policy and awareness in child protection is increased ,
  • Participants are using gained skills in child’s development and protection,
  • Organizations members of CLADHO ready to develop their own Child Protection Policies.

V. Participants
The training will brought together 26 participants from CLADHO member organizations, 2 participants from Kenya and 2 participants from Burundi.