In 2019, Samoa Victim Support Group reviewed and updated its Child Protection Policy, demonstrating the Group’s commitment to being a child-safe organisation.
As part of a Programme Agreement with UNICEF, a 3-day training on the Child Protection Policy for all SVSG personnel is to be carried out. However, due to the Measles and the COVID-19, the training has been put on hold, but not anymore.
The increase in the number of abused children in the home, especially during the State of Emergency period for the COVID-19, warrants urgent action; and improving the capacity of all of SVSG personnel on child protection and safeguarding measures is one such action.
From 10th – 12th September 2020, SVSG personnel will be in training. The objectives of the training are to ensure that:
The training is designed for all SVSG personnel, including the Board, the Executive Committee, management, staff and the shelter personnel (carers, teachers, cleaners, drivers, security).
The training will be via virtual connection, facilitated by the UNICEF’s Pacific Child Protection Expert Shelley Casey from Australia, and the local UNICEF counterpart Mr. Aladin Borja.
The official opening of the training program at the Lava Hotel on Thursday, 10th September at 8.30am is coordinated by the founding members of SVSG with the support of its advisors, to acknowledge how far SVSG has come as a child-safe organization.
“Thank you once again UNICEF Pacific for supporting SVSG’s child protection work in Samoa.” SVSG President Siliniu Lina Chang