Parents were therefore engaged in a non-judgmental atmosphere, and empowered with information as to what Child Abuse entails, as well as the ramifications and importance of child’s rights. Parents were further informed of the signs to look out for if there is a suspected case of abuse, and steps to take if a child is indeed being abused.
The provisions of the Lagos State Mandated Reporting Policy was also communicated to participants. Child abuse is indeed criminal and everybody is mandated to report actual or suspected child abuse to the relevant authorities.
Of utmost importance was the need for parents to be empowered with resources and contact details of relevant organisations to report to if there is an actual or suspected case of Child Abuse. Participants therefore received booklets, pamphlets and other materials containing vital information.
Furthermore, it would be recalled that His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on the 16th of December 2016, ratified the Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection programme making it mandatory for all chid centred institutions to adopt a Child Protection Policy.
Consequently, as PTA members, they were awakened to their roles in enforcing the Policy and ensuring schools and all other child centred institutions, strictly adhere and implement the Policy..
Multi Agency Training on Safeguarding and Child Protection. In attendance where Guidance Counsellors, Social workers, Police Officers, Founders of Schools, School Administrators, Principals. etc.