Speakers at a workshop on Child Protection Workshop have emphasized that parents are vital in protection of their children against sexual abuse and the inter-agency approach needed to end Child Abuse and Domestic Violence.
The workshop, organized by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team and Child Health Advocacy Initiative as part of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women was held on Wednesday in Lagos, drew participants from different social and economic strata of the society.
The Workshop brought to the fore, the physical, psychological and psychosocial impact of child abuse, the numerous types of violence perpetrated against children which is not just happening to marginalized groups, conflict-affected areas but also in our communities and homes.
Speaking on the workshop, the coordinator, Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DVRT), Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said with the increase in Child Abuse and Domestic Violence in Nigeria, it is imperative to enlighten professionals working with children on how to detect Child Abuse, report cases, preserve evidence, help protect children and fight against Child Abuse.
Reiterating that a report by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, disclosed that majority of Nigerian children suffer violent abuse, for some children, the abuse starts before they are 5 years, six out of 10 children experience some form of violence before 18, with half of them experiencing physical violence.
According to DVRT, the feedback gotten from participants in the form of questionnaires, the Workshop has better positioned our Mandated Reporters on how to detect signs of child abuse, take proper care of children in their custody and provide the much needed support required to ensure that our children’s rights are upheld and enforced.
Vivour-Adeniyi however charged Nigerians on the issue of rape, reminding that protection and stability of children depends on everyone. ”Rape is a Crime, Domestic Violence is a crime. Take responsibility today and be a Reporter. The law says you are Mandated to report”, Vivour-Adeniyi emphasized.
Participants at the workshop include teachers, school administrators, counselors, social workers and health officials benefited from the Child Protection Workshop.
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