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- Tabassum Pangarkar, Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Programme, CHILDLINE

Mumbai, 24th and 25th January, 2014: CHIDLINE India Foundation (CIF) conducted its second two days ‘Child Sexual Abuse Awareness’ extensive training workshop for school teachers at the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) International House, Mumbai Central. A total of 19 School teachers from 13 schools across Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane had gathered to empower themselves with the in-depth knowledge of Child Rights in India, various components and effects of Child Sexual Abuse, laws protecting Children and Communication Skills.

From January 2011, CHILDLINE has been running the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Programme (CSAAP) in schools in Mumbai. Till date CSAAP has sensitized over 2,60,000 children from 400 Schools on Safe Touch, Unsafe Touch and Personal Safety Rules. Over the course of time, CIF realized the importance of making this programme sustainable in schools. Thus the training programme was held with the purpose of making teachers well equipped to make this programme an integral part of the school curriculum.

The workshop began with a session by Mr. Nishit Kumar, Head Communications & Strategic Initiatives, CIF on how the CHILDLINE 1098 helpline functions across the country and how the intervention takes place. He also gave a brief about the partner organizations’ efforts to reach out to children in distress. All the teachers appreciated the multidisciplinary approach of CHILDLINE and applauded their work.

19 Teachers Trained in the Second Teacher Training Worksho

The next session about Child Protection and Child Rights in India was also taken by Mr. Nishit. This session began with the “Rights Test”. Being teachers themselves they took this exercise like an examination and were seriously working on it. The result was, all of them scored above 15 which showed that they are all well aware about the rights given by our Constitution to children.

19 Teachers Trained in the Second Teacher Training Worksho

Ms. Suchismita Bose, Director, The Foundation, briefed about what is Child Sexual Abuse, its impact, who are the abusers, physical and psychological signs shown by children who are facing abuse and how to handle first disclosure. This session was an eye opener for the teachers especially when Suchismita spoke about INCEST as a major worry. Teachers shared that they have not heard about a concept like this and were keen to know and learn more on this topic. Simultaneously many teachers raised the concern about Child Sexual Abuse among handicapped children. One teacher shared the case of an autistic child who was being abused by his elder brother and his family was okay with it. Suchismita agreed to the fact that these children are more prone to abuse, and need different methodology to handle their issues. She also added that there are many issues related to their sexuality. Over all the session was very interesting and Suchismita had made it interactive by using different techniques like few activities, role plays and videos.

Second day of the workshop began with an overview of the current scenario of laws pertaining to and protecting children in India. Mr. Nishit Kumar explained to the participating teachers about the new Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012, (POCSO) in detail and what is their role as a care giver. All the teachers acknowledged that this Act is the need of the hour and the best part of the Act is that the child doesn’t have to go through the trauma continuously.

Other half of the training was about communication skills required to conduct sessions with the children. Sneha Shah and Shashank Gupta from ISRA - Centre for Training & Development, helped the teachers understand the important aspects of communicating with children. The session began with an ice breaking activity which was enjoyed by all the participants. At the end of this activity all the teachers started interacting with the other teachers from different schools. Trainers also demonstrated how change in one’s approach can change the response. It helped teachers to understand the need of stepping out of their structured role as a teacher and to be more open and approachable. Trainers made this session very participative with various activities. Participants enjoyed this session and shared that they will also try to make their sessions equally interactive.

At the end of the session we had another bunch of committed teachers to make our programme sustainable in their schools!