Director of operations for the international organization, Frank Mwafulirwa, says the training was conducted to cement working relationship between the organization and the partners in child protection.
“If our partners do not have adequate knowledge about child safeguarding, they may end up doing more harm to children in the communities and beneficiaries that they work with. That is the whole essence of this particular orientation.
“There is COVID 19 pandemic and you may have already heard about cases of increased child abuses and teenage pregnancies. Those are cases that may have been perpetrated by outsiders,” he said.
Mwafulirwa added that “the prevention of sexual abuse looks at children and looks at all other adult beneficiaries, both males and females.”
He says that with some parts of the country being hit by floods, it is paramount that partners be armed in fighting against child abuses in the affected areas.
“So, we are expecting that after this orientation, their knowledge and skill base will have increased and the level of awareness among themselves would also be very high,” he said.
One of participants, Sekaninge Kaliati, board chairperson for the Women's Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC), commended the orientation.
She said their policies will not be the same in matters regarding child protection.
“We will go back and revise our policies on safeguarding either the child or adults and even our staff. Mainly, we will go back and look at our policies so that we do not have policy documents that are done for us just to tick a box.
“We will make our policy documents the ones that we can use in our respective areas to serve the communities that we work with better,” she said.