April 4, 2017
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation in collaboration with the National Committee for Families and Children, Ministry of Education, and NOPCAN is conducting a nationwide training on Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse – Response Protocols. The program aims to strengthen the Child Protection System by training all those who work with children to apply appropriate protocols for responding to suspected cases of child abuse in order to achieve compliance with the Child Abuse Reporting Regulation (SI 38/CARR 1999). To date, the program has been introduced to District Education Managers, School Managers, and relevant stakeholders.
Training workshops have also taken place at most Belize City Primary Schools, at the Belize High School, Sadie Vernon High School, and Friends for Boys High School. Teachers who complete the 5-hour training and satisfy the Teacher Education and Development Services (TEDS) requirements, receive “credits” for participating. Other groups trained included personnel from NCFC, Education Support Services (ESS), Curriculum Unit, and HFLE. The program also conducts workshops and presentations for personnel from Health, Labour, Police, and Residential Care Operators and plans to develop resources such as Trainer’s Guide, Handbook, and Participants’ Workbook.