Child Protection Training with the Khula Development Group

Our first project for 2017 started on a highlight when 41 staff members and volunteers from Khula Development Group were trained on child protection in Paarl on the 19th of January.

This dedicated staff team from both the Paarl and Stellenbosch branch consists of social workers, social auxiliary workers, in-school support staff and fieldworkers all working together with the aim of preventing school dropout. A big focus of the training was to explain the danger of pornography and how it contributes to sexual violence against children as well as the dynamics of sexual violence aimed at children. As remaining in school is such a huge protective factor for children, Khula Development Group plays a critical role in preventing children from dropping out as well as fulfilling a child protection role.

We also discussed how to listen when a child discloses abuse and neglect, positive discipline techniques, safety when taking children out on excursions and the importance of being a champion for kids. The workshop consisted of lively discussions, some fun activities and valuable information to expand staff members’ child protection skills.

The group participated with great enthusiasm and provided us with important feedback on what they learned. Here are some of their comments:

  • We can make a difference with many hands, love and communication.
  • The workshop was very insightful and I learned a lot. I recommend that this training is presented to educators and learners.
  • I can make a difference in the life of a child with the help of the Lord.
  • I learned to handle a child with love and appreciation as well as how to listen when the child speaks.
  • I learned the correlation between pornography and child abuse, family breakdown.
  • Every kid needs a champion. It takes passion and energy to work with children.
  • Your services are excellent!
  • Please continue with the excellent work you are doing!
  • Patience, love, cooperation will build children up and help that they are well cared for.

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