At SAYWHAT, the protection of children’s rights and the pursuit of justice is our top priority. Our goal is to offer essential post-trial psycho-social support and legal services to children in need. We have developed a reintegration framework and implemented a rapid assessment of the state of psychosocial support services to ensure that we can provide the care that children who have been in conflict with the law require. At SAYWHAT, we firmly believe that every child should be safe and protected from harm, without any form of prejudice. Our focus on mapping psychosocial support services for juvenile offenders and victims of SGBV has resulted in an increased awareness and coordinated efforts to put an end to violence against children. Our efforts are a source of inspiration for others who are dedicated to creating a world where every child is safe and valued.
SAYWHAT approaches its child protection interventions in a sustainable manner, with a focus on the needs of the child. To achieve this, SAYWHAT has conducted several training sessions to enhance the skills of Community Care Workers and Village Health Workers in addressing children’s issues. Community Cadres are essential in child protection interventions, and SAYWHAT believes that they should be equipped with adequate knowledge on child protection. Additionally, SAYWHAT has continued to provide support to its partners to ensure the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse in child protection service delivery.
Prevention and Response
A tele-health service was introduced by SAYWHAT in 2020 to support child protection initiatives. To report instances of violence against children in a confidential manner, a toll-free helpline number, 577, is available 24/7 for both children and adults. The provision of services by the 10 social workers and 2 psychologists trained in Case Management who operate the 577 platform is guided by the Call Centre Manual, which is based on social work ethics. SAYWHAT also collaborates with government bodies like the Department of Social Development to conduct physical visits and psycho-social assessments. In-school programs are also provided by SAYWHAT to educate learners about reporting child abuse, promoting awareness.
Success SO Far
IN-SCHOOL/CHILD FOCUSED ACTIVITIES
Distribution of CRIF stationery, uniforms and proof of payment for 171 beneficiaries at the following schools in Hopely and Epworth;
Facilitation of outreach/awareness raising campaigns