Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

Blantyre: Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer, Triphonia Limbani has said child protection workers need to constantly engage parents to ensure that no single guardian violates children’s dignity and rights.

In an interview on Friday with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Balntyre, she said her office has intensified raising awareness campaigns and meetings with guardians and its key stakeholders in protecting child rights.

Limbani said the child protection partners have also significantly played a very vital role in repatriation efforts as well as re-integration programmes, whereby vulnerable children are rehabilitated through vocational skills development institutions like Samaritan Trust and Chisomo Children’s Club in the district.

We ensure that life skills education forums are routinely carried out so that all vulnerable children’s rights do not continue to be violated in line with the legal framework and set sound strategic plans.

A number of proactive other than reactive interventions are being carried out including the aforementioned campaigns and civic education sessions; parenting education; where skills and knowledge are imparted to guardians on how best to raise and protect child rights right from the household level and beyond, the District Social Welfare Officer pointed out.

She bemoaned the tendency of certain selfish guardians who discourage their wards from attending daily academic activities, but instead ‘force’ them to be engaged in income generating activities (IGAs) for their personal economic gains.

Limbani warned that such economic exploitations imposed on innocent children must stop forthwith, noting that perpetrators of the crime would face the wrath of the law through the social welfare sector alongside its key child protection partners.

She said child vulnerability is categorized depending on the activities in which children are engaged, including children asking for alms in streets, children selling commodities, children in labour and those who accompany parents with physical disabilities.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

Blantyre Social Welfare intensifies child protection initiatives

Blantyre: Blantyre District Social Welfare Officer, Triphonia Limbani has said child protection workers need to constantly engage parents to ensure that no single guardian violates children’s dignity and rights.

In an interview on Friday with Malawi News Agency (Mana) in Balntyre, she said her office has intensified raising awareness campaigns and meetings with guardians and its key stakeholders in protecting child rights.

Limbani said the child protection partners have also significantly played a very vital role in repatriation efforts as well as re-integration programmes, whereby vulnerable children are rehabilitated through vocational skills development institutions like Samaritan Trust and Chisomo Children’s Club in the district.

We ensure that life skills education forums are routinely carried out so that all vulnerable children’s rights do not continue to be violated in line with the legal framework and set sound strategic plans.

A number of proactive other than reactive interventions are being carried out including the aforementioned campaigns and civic education sessions; parenting education; where skills and knowledge are imparted to guardians on how best to raise and protect child rights right from the household level and beyond, the District Social Welfare Officer pointed out.

She bemoaned the tendency of certain selfish guardians who discourage their wards from attending daily academic activities, but instead ‘force’ them to be engaged in income generating activities (IGAs) for their personal economic gains.

Limbani warned that such economic exploitations imposed on innocent children must stop forthwith, noting that perpetrators of the crime would face the wrath of the law through the social welfare sector alongside its key child protection partners.

She said child vulnerability is categorized depending on the activities in which children are engaged, including children asking for alms in streets, children selling commodities, children in labour and those who accompany parents with physical disabilities.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA