By Vitumbiko Ngwira
In a quest to empower its staff members and clients on child protection, the management of Lusubilo Community Based Organization organized training session to orient staff members and clients in Child Protection Policy.
The orientation follows the enactment of Child Care Justice Act by the Government of Malawi and the adoption of Child Protection Policy by the Catholic Church in Malawi. These two instruments aim at protecting children from potential abuse. The training took place on the 7th and 8th December, 2017 at Lusubilo Boardroom.
The training aimed at empowering the staff members with skills on how to protect the children and vulnerable adults from harm. Since Lusubilo is an organization within the Catholic Diocese of Karonga, the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) Child Protection Policy was used during the training.
Staff members were exposed to the guidelines and principles stipulated in the ECM Child Protection Policy. They were reminded to make sure that children and vulnerable adults at Lusubilo were always protected from potential harm at all times. In this way the mission and vision of the organization would be enhanced.
The facilitator for the trainings, Mr. Vitumbiko Ngwira, emphasized that the safety of children should be the priority of every staff member at Lusubilo. Staff members were also reminded of the noble responsibility of ensuring that abuses of clients were to be dealt with honestly. It was further emphasized that all staff members should make sure that children are respected in according with ECM Child Protection Policy.
During the training, staff members asked many questions about child protection. They also appreciated the trainings and encouraged management to continue providing such opportunities from time to time. Child protection agreement forms were signed by the all staff members. The trainings would be repeated quarterly to facilitate internalization of the message.