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Childline NC conducts training on child protection legislation

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“The purpose of the training is to educate and sharpen the knowledge of the stakeholders who are rendering services to children to be in a better position to render effective and sufficient services"

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CHILDLINE Northern Cape and various stakeholders conducted a four-day training session on different legislation related to child protection services at the Mayibuye Centre in Galeshewe this week.

The provincial spokesperson for Childline, Innocentia Mosemeng, said that the training will equip stakeholders with the knowledge of what is legally required when advising community members on matters relating to violence against children and women.

“The purpose of the training is to educate and sharpen the knowledge of the stakeholders who are rendering services to children to be in a better position to render effective and sufficient services. The training is envisaged to prepare stakeholders for the festive season, which has been highlighted as a season where women and children are more vulnerable,” said Mosemeng.

“It is also to prepare for the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.”

Mosemeng said different legislation was discussed during the training sessions.

“The training entailed equipping the stakeholders with legislation of the Children’s Act, Trafficking in Persons Act, Sexual Offences and related matters Act. All these legislations go hand-in-hand with children’s rights.

“In many cases one finds that some stakeholders do not have the relevant knowledge on how to deal with such matters. This then results in community members missing out on receiving the needed assistance.

“This will also highlight the importance of reacting speedily to render such desired services to the community,” said Mosemeng.

The training session ends today.

– Benida Phillips