Voice Train the Trainer & VAC Awareness Sessions

Introduction

If you listen closely, you might be able to hear the cry of people to rule well too. You can hear it in the chaos in the culture causing a cry to rise up from homes, schools, neighbourhoods, communities, states and from every shattered soul affected by the absence of righteous people, rulers. Never has our nation, or our world, stood on the precipice of adversity in such dire need of people answering the cry to rule well.

 

It is everywhere, it is loud, it is the heart beat of every child born or raised without a farther, every woman’s dream drowned by an irresponsible or neglectful man-woman, every hope snuffed out by confusing circumstances, every lonely soul of a single man-women searching for someone worthy to marry. IT IS A CRY FOR A PROTECTION.

 

If the team of officials stood on the side lines of a game and never said a word about what was happening on the field, no one would go to the players who are committing the infractions and ask them why they are breaking the rules. Fans would look for the officials and demand “WHERE ARE YOU? GET OUT THERE AND DO SOMETHING” Because without the third team on the field, all battles would be chaos after the coin toss, leading to a loss of motivation, interest and order.

 

We the voice foundation, the third team would like to call out, introduce these policies systems and invite you to take part with us together to build a better Sri Lanka with better Sri Lankans.

 

Why Awareness?

Community members have an extremely important role in combating child abuse and neglect in Sri Lanka as they are most likely the first people who will be able to identify the neglect and/or abuse of a child. However, at present, there is a lack of education among the Sri Lankan community about (i) what constitutes the neglect and/or abuse of a child and (ii) the risk factors which may lead to child neglect and/or abuse. Furthermore, even in situations where a community member has identified the neglect or abuse of a child, we have found that there is lack of knowledge among the community about what they can do to help. We believe that if the community was better educated in these areas, members would feel more confident to intervene at the early stages of child neglect and/or abuse.
The Voice TTT is an initiative that Voice Foundation has developed to increase community awareness about the signs of child neglect and/or abuse, and to provide information, assistance and support to all those affected by this issue, including to children suffering from neglect and/or abuse, to persons who may have identified a child as having been neglected or abused (or at the risk thereof), and also to persons who believe that they may be neglecting and/or abusing their own child.

Facilities and services

The Voice TTT will provide two separate training programs dedicated to education of community members in the identification and prevention of child abuse and neglect. We are looking to introduce, set up child protection societies in schools together with government officials support to work on grass root level,

 

Voice Agent Training Program

The Voice Agent Training program is a two day training program. This program will cover basic information regarding the identification of child abuse and neglect and how it can be reported. With this most basic education in child neglect and abuse, we believe that it will help combat the issue at a “local level” and aide in the early intervention of child neglect and abuse cases.
Community members of any age can participate in this program and, once completed, each participant will receive a certificate of completion and be a registered “Child Protection Agent” with the Voice Foundation. The Voice Foundation team will maintain a database of registered child protection Agents and correspond with them on a regular basis. Voice Agents will be introduced to the VOICE LINE and will be able to disseminate this information at a local level. Child protection agents will also receive the monthly newsletter and update about child protection details and also the opportunity to attend government non-government training sessions.

 

Day One:

  1.  Who is a child?
  2. The reality about child abuse and neglect
  3. Social implications and attitudes towards child abuse in Sri Lanka
  4. What are the child’s rights if they have (or at risk of) neglect or abuse?
  5. What laws govern the neglect and/or abuse of children in Sri Lanka?

 

Day Two:

  1. Abused child and the Family
  2. How to report child abuse and/or neglect
  3. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 06-12
  4. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 2-5
  5. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 13-18

 

The Training

The Voice Agent Training program will be conducted by three or four training officers and representatives of the Voice Foundation, other partners and government officers.

 

The costs of the Agent Training program will need to cover the following:

  • Fees for each of the training officers (3-4)
  • Accommodation (one night) for each of the training officers
  • Transport back and forth to the training facilities
  • Course materials

 

Voice Trainer Training Program

The Voice Trainer Training program is a three month training program to be held in Colombo or out station. This program will provide in-depth education on the social causes of, identification, prevention and legal implications of child abuse and neglect in Sri Lanka. Classes will be held weekly on a Saturday and open to all community members over the age of 12.

 

Once completed, each participant will receive a certificate of completion and be a registered “Child Protection Agent” with the Voice Foundation. The Voice Foundation team will maintain a database of registered child protection Agents and correspond with them on a regular basis. Voice Agents will be introduced to the VOICE LINE and will be able to disseminate this information at a local level. Child protection agents will also receive the monthly newsletter and update about child protection details and also the opportunity to attend government non-government training sessions.

 

Lesson out line

  1. Who is a child?
  2. The reality about child abuse and neglect
  3. Social implications and attitudes towards child abuse in Sri Lanka
  4. What are the child’s rights if they have (or at risk of) neglect or abuse?
  5. What laws govern the neglect and/or abuse of children in Sri Lanka?
  6. Abused child and the Family
  7. How to report child abuse and/or neglect
  8. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 06-12
  9. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 2-5
  10. Handling situations and Safety protocol Children Age 13-18

The costs of the Agent Training program will need to cover the following:

  • Fees for each of the training officers (3-4)
  • Accommodation (one night) for each of the training officers
  • Transport back and forth to the training facilities
  • Course materials

 

Requirements:

  • Projector
  • Laptop
  • Course materials

 

Child Protection Society

Concept:

Setting up child protection societies in school is a similar concept of having a society such as environment science, commerce, Sinhala, Tamil or English society, or any other societies in school

  • Each society will be functioning under the supervision of the national child protection authority? , the child protection officer for the area and the principal of the school
  • Members of the society
    • Teachers of the school (two )
    • Representatives from parents
    • School children

 

Function:

Step one : Report received of a situation
Step two : Immediate documentation
Step three : Inform the head person or the teacher who is in charge
Step four : The teacher to analyses the situation and then report it to the local child protection officer
Step five : The officer will analyse the situation and then report to 1929 or the local police to investigate  on the matter
Step six :Follow up

 

All the members who wish join the society will complete the TTT program and will be validated by the relevant authorities and also from the local police and other