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Volunteers Upgrade Skills To Address Child Protection

Volunteers Upgrade Skills To Address Child Protection
From left, volunteers Akisi Railala, Jodica Roy, Dibola Manuave, Meani Levu and Marieta Nofaga with Timaima Rokotagane of Lifeline Fiji on June 30, 2018. Photo: SHEENAM CHANDRA
July 02
15:51 2018

Lifeline Fiji has now trained its volunteers in child protection.

This is by upgrading their skills in addressing children, understanding brain development in a child, and how it can negatively affect a child’s response.

The organisation’s counselor Timaima Rokotagane said that knowledge acquired through the training would help volunteers understand the situation and deliver the services efficiently.

“In every adult there is a child, find out what makes you, find out what breaks you. Unless you identify that, you will never be able to overcome it,” she said.

Ms Rokotagane made this statement as a means of empowerment to people, who were suffering from abuse or were victims of child abuse.

“To give advice to victims of child abuse, one has to understand what the child has gone through,” Ms Rokotagane said.

“People lack understanding and are ignorant when they judge their children. They may encourage or discourage the child,”

She added that sometimes parents repeatedly reminded children about their mistakes or failures and this mentally affected the child.

“We train to understand the stages of development in a child,” Ms Rokotagane said.

The volunteers are from various fields of work, but when the need arises they will be asked to do proper counseling.

One of the volunteers, Akisi Railala, encouraged people to come forward if they were seeking help.

“Life is for living and you matter. That is why we are here to help you,” Ms Railala said.

Another Lifeline Fiji volunteer, Meani Levu said it was okay if you were not okay because you and your life matter so much and it was okay to get help.

The intervention centre has a toll free line 132 454 which is open to the public 24/7.

Edited by Percy Kean



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