Children’s Champions: Child Safety Practitioner Training in Pakistan

Children’s Champions: Child Safety Practitioner Training in Pakistan

In a Nutshell

Our program integrates global best practices with positive local cultural systems to enhance social workers’ ability to build resilience among segments of the population seriously exposed to child abuse and violence

Stemming from the idea that child protection is everyone’s business, it is our shared responsibility to ensure that the risk of harm to children is minimized across all socioeconomic groups everywhere as enshrined in WHO’s definition for protection of children, and Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child. 

Landscape

Child protection workers in Pakistan have to deal with psychological problems and unsafe behaviors among children, such as PTSD, depression, substance abuse, unsafe behaviors, and even suicide. Children develop these psycho-emotional problems from long-term exposure to poverty, disease, climate change, natural disasters, migration, and war, which can push children out on the streets or into child labor. Mostly, family members and other adults are unaware of the child’s psycho-emotional needs for safety and comfort. The children have nobody to turn to, nobody to seek guidance from, and nobody to seek help from during difficult times. 

We empower the child protection workers to be the adults that each child deserves as well as someone who can empower other adults to become a part of the change. 

Our approach

Diverse sociocultural realities mean that there can be no one-size-fits-all strategy on child safety and protection. However, access to a safe adult who is available for support in difficult times, makes a tremendous difference in a child’s ability to recover and get a jumpstart in life. 

Social workers on the ground need a psycho-emotional response toolkit, which is both culturally-relevant and practical on one hand, and based on global best practices to aid recovery and build resilience.  

We have built upon knowledge and wisdom from various corners of the world, and juxtaposed it with data gathered from our rigorous needs assessment workshops. 

Our global experience allowed us to design proportionate response toolkits to address the complex needs of children and families at risk. 

What makes the Cherub Home Child Protection and Safety Awareness (CPSA) course so different?

Our training is data-driven and grounded in local realities. We conducted needs assessment workshops with Pakistani child protection workers, government and non-government organization staff, and representatives to understand local socioeconomic, cultural and demographic needs. 

Our training program has been designed in response to the needs of Pakistani child protection workers to enhance their capacity in responding to the various needs of vulnerable children. It’s based on the cutting-edge of international best practices, and offers multiple models of support and intervention that would empower child protection workers with a diverse toolkit to meet the requirements of their everyday work. 

    Duration: 17.5 Hours (7 modules of 2.5 hours each) What is covered:
  • A variety of child safety assessment tools derived from global best practices
  • Key insights on child abuse, identifying risks, and preventing mistakes
  • Keeping children safe at home, in school and their community
  • Child Care laws and legislation in Pakistan and other countries
  • Child exploitation and its challenges
  • Helping communities in self-discovery 
  • Covering child safety and intervention needs across urban-rural spectrum 
  • finding the existing strengths in children and in their communities that leads to individual and collective healing and resilience
  • The importance of local community networks
  • The importance of interagency (govt/non-govt) collaboration in strengthening child protection services
  • Self-care: ‘Learning to Pause’ 
Learning outcomes
  • Gain a clear understanding of how to implement the assessment tools in your daily work, to assist in formulating the right response for the child and their family.
  • Learn about the application of the safe zone model in your practice.
  • To gain a comprehensive overview of international best practices in the shaping of child protection interventions.

Personnel of government child protection services

Non-government and community organizations working with children

Orphanages and residential services