Series of Workshops on Child Sexual Abuse Safety and Prevention Held at Barangay 176, Bagong Silang, Caloocan City

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“Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul” — Dave Pelzer, A Child Called “It”s

A chunk of its campaign in advancing child protection and human rights, the Children Center (CLRDC) organized a series of workshops on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Safety in its partner Barangay in Caloocan City, at Barangay 176 from February to July 2016.

The said activity commenced in February this year with the members of the Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) as the first batch of the shareholders to avail this significant exercise. The succeeding workshops run twice a month with different batches of participants. This activity was one of the needs identified by the BCPC that necessitates information drive to address the increasing numbers of cases of child sexual abuse occurring in the said barangay.

For the last leg of the seminar/workshop series, CLRDC through the office of Kagawad Ruth Fredejas of Barangay 176, Zone 15, District 1 of Caloocan city, conducted a whole day activity on Child Sexual Abuse Safety and Prevention Measures last 2 July 2016 at the Barangay Hall of Barangay 176.

The last streak of the seminar/workshop for this cycle was attended by mothers, guardians and children as young as 5 years old from Bagong Silang Phases 1,5, and 9, and the whole day event was filled with engaging discussions, activities, and sharing from the participants and the resource speakers.

Subjects ranging from the basic concepts of Anti-Child Abuse law, common misconceptions about sexual abuse, tell-tale signs of child sexual abuse to different ways to protect the children from child abuse and sexual abuse were discussed. The highlight of the topic was the clue on “how perpetrators groom their potential victims.”

To make the workshop more interactive, the CLRDC team prepared activities that suits the participants and that made the learning experience all-inclusive by allowing children’s voices to be heard .

Maribel, one of the many mothers who came to the event said that her learning from the workshop is very helpful especially since her daughter is still young. She added that the safety tips and measures are useful to protect her daughter as well as the young children in her community from abusers. Princess, a 9-year old participant shared that she enjoyed the activities during the event and that she learned about protecting herself from any possible perpetrator.

At the end of the workshop, engaging discussions followed among the participants as well as consultations with the representatives of the barangay with respect to the proper reporting of possible cases of child abuse and sexual abuse in the community. This interest shown by the participants encourages CLRDC to sustain this kind of awarenessraising especially in the community where many marginalized children have less access to justice.

 

(By: Pamela Camacho, CLRDC Intern from University of the East College of Law)

Monitoring and Documentation of Violence Against Children (VAC)

Quick Response Team (QRT) Regular Meeting and Update

On Monitoring and Documentation of Violence Against Children (VAC)

CLRDC Desk Office, Phase 8 Bagong Silang, Caloocan City – October 13, 2014

QRT Meeting

Seminar-Workshop for Members and Staff of Barangay Council for the Protection of Children on RA 10630

Seminar-Workshop for Members and Staff of Barangay Council

for the Protection of Children on RA 10630,

an Act Strengthening the Juvenile Justice System,

@ Barangay Bagong Silang Session Hall, Caloocan City

September 12, 2014

 Seminar-Workshop for Barangay Council for the Protection of Children on RA 10630

Seminar-Workshop for Barangay Council for the Protection of Children on RA 10630 Seminar-Workshop for Barangay Council for the Protection of Children on RA 10630

 

 

Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)

April 18 2013 - CLRDC @ Yakap Bata Holding Center

The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), together with KNK Philippines (Kokyo Naki Kodomotachi  or Children Without Borders), organized a joint  voluntary “Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)”.  The said program conducts its weekly activities in three centers for CICL – –  Yakap Bata Holding Center, Bahay Sandigan, and Navotas City Jail.

The joint program aims to provide educational development activities for children in prisons.  It also purports to monitor the situation and condition of the children in the said centers to be able to determine the assistance necessary for the improvement of their situations.  The Caring Program activities include artwork, dialogues, workshops and orientations on value formation, leadership and human rights (using the “Play It Right” toolkit courtesy of Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education).  DKA-Austria interns actively participate by adding more colors to the program through the additional activities they initiated for the CICL such as dancing, singing, and meditation which were greatly appreciated by the said children.

 

Since April 2013 until July 2013, through this program, CLRDC and KNK were able to provide direct service assistance to at least twenty eight children (both CICL and rescued street children) for their release, shelter, and continuation of their education.

The said program has been running since April 2013 and is being led by CLRDC with the active participation of four (4) Social Work student-interns from DKA-Austria, and two students from Germany, and volunteers from KNK Philippines.

What the Interns say about their work at CLRDC on this program:

“It was such a short time but I had a great working experience with
CLRDC. After I graduate, I would like to work with children in Prison.
CLRDC is a wonderful inspiration, they are voluntarily helping so many kids
– – children in prison, sexually abused children, and street children.
They are a small organization with such a huge mission and a big heart
to give for the children. Their work is incredible and truly amazing. I will
miss my work with them and I will miss the kids that we help.”

– Pia Eckl, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work, University of Applied Sciences
FH Campus Wien, Vienna

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“CLRDC is like a rainbow, its work is very colorful, it connects
to people, it has different creative aspects of helping the children,
it is shining bright as it goes into the world. It is not limited,
it has ups and downs, yet it stands over the world in the sky because
of its amazing work. I got to love my work at CLRDC. I became inspired,
I want to pursue a Masters in Human Rights and I want to work full time for CLRDC to help the kids.” 

– – Julia Schneider, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work student, FH Campus Wien, Vienna

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