1. Communication and awareness of child protection challenges
2. Advocacy training on rights and responsibilities of children, families and community members
3. Capacity building of child protection officers
The Courage Toolkit has been designed to give you all of the tools that you will need to engage in each of these forms of prevention. The Courage Child Rights & Needs Map, helps you to explain how children develop and how their rights should be met, and can assist you with workshops in life skills, development and positive parenting programmes. The Community Map and Child Protection Challenges Cards can be used to inform participants of what child protection challenges are and where they may exist in a community. The Child Protection Strategy Maps give you the step by step approach of how to deal with a specific child protection challenges that you encounter and will assist you in capacity building of child protection officers or partners and stakeholders in the child protection process.
The Prevention & Early Intervention Map (see below) reminds you of these three tools of early intervention, and the Facilitator Guide helps you to think through all of the different prevention programmes that you can implement using the Courage Toolkit, as illustrated in the table below.
Communication and awareness, advocacy and rights training, and capacity building will often lead to the identification of child protection challenges that you may not have been aware of before. It is important that you report these challenges to a designated child protection officer such as a social worker, medical practitioner or child protection organisation. They will then conduct a risk assessment and ensure the child's safety, potentially by placing the child in a temporary safe care facility such as with foster parents, in a baby's home or in a child and youth care facility.
On completion of the report, it will be decided whether the child protection challenge can be resolved through non-statutory intervention, with counselling and support for family preservation, or if statutory interention through a court or legal process is required.
Beyond counselling parents, child protection officers can also link families with support services such as government social service, medical practitioners, spiritual advisers, assistance within their local school or police department.
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