Workshop on responding to child abuse

Workshop on responding to child abuse
Officials from district administration, HCDI, special guest with the participants on the first day.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 12/2/2019 11:55:53 AM IST

Two-day workshop on “identifying and responding to child abuse” in Nagaland was held at AIDA, Don Bosco, Dimapur on November 29 and 30. 

The workshop was organized by Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO), Nagaland Alliance for Children and Women Rights (NACWR) and Childline Dimapur, and supported by Holistic Child Development India (HCDI)/ERIKS and Vitono Haralu, Peace Channel as the moderator of the workshop.

EAC, Hq. Dimapur, Khiuzan Kaurinta, who graced the workshop as special guest called upon the NGOs and churches to work together to make child lives more meaningful. 

The event was also graced by Fr. C.P. Anto, principal NEISSR; Rev. Amop Noklang, director NDO; Major Dr. Mughavi, chairman NDO; Fr. Glen Mascarenhas treasurer HCDI; Thomas Raj Kumar, director HCDI and HCDI project officer Magdali Lakra.

The purpose and the expected outcome of the workshop as highlighted by Thomas Raj Kumar was to support the participants in developing strategies for strengthening child protection systems in Nagaland, primary through information sharing for better coordination across all stakeholders. 

The first day of the workshop covered several topics on overview of the prevalence of child sexual abuse, challenges faced by NGOs, child protection mechanisms available and strategies adopted by NGOs in tackling the issues of child abuse. 

Prodigal’s Home/Childline Dimapur director K. Ela, highlighted the prevalence of child abuse in Nagaland. 

NACWR president Yanger, shared the challenges faced by NGOs in preventing and combating child sexual abuse and exploitation. 

Nirmal Deka, Centre Coordinator, Childline Guwahati, and Neingutttuonuo Kulnu, Centre Coordinator, Childline Kohima presented the strategies adopted by NGOs in tackling the issues of child physical and sexual violence. 

Raitale Zeliang, P.M. (SCPS), Child Protection Services, department of Social Welfare presented the extent and forms of child abuse and mechanism available at the state level. 

The second day was focused on participatory sessions, targeted towards the participants, to pave the way for strengthening child protection systems by developing strategies for the way forward.

Altogether, 53 participants from Childline (Assam and Nagaland), District Child Protection Units and NGOs attended the workshop. 

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