HOW TO RUN A COURAGE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WORKSHOP
The first step is to download a Courage Quick Start Guide below. This is a poster that you can print out in A2 or A3 format and provides you with a visual guide from `1 to 12 on how to introduce (from 1 to 4) and run (from 5 yo 12) a Courage workshop. You can also just scroll down this 'Workshop' page and it will take you through each exercise in detail. You can download all of the presentations and posters or materials you will need to help you run your workshop from this page, or see the 'Community' page to order a printed version of the toolkit.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: CREATING A VISION FOR OUR CHILDREN
After introducing Courage (an introductory presentation can be found on the 'About' page), the first exercise you will embark on when facilitating a child protection and community empowerment workshop is to create a vision of the kind of world you would like to create for your children. If you are running a workshop with children, the children will create a vision of the kind of world they would like to live in. To help you with this exercise, you will need to download the Courage Vision Presentation, and/or a Courage Child Development Needs and Rights Poster (A1), or a pack of Courage Empowerment Cards. You can print the poster and cards from the PDF documents below, or order the material on our Community page.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: IDENTIFYING OUR CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGES
Now that you have identified the kind of world you would like to create for your children, the next exercise in your community engagement workshop is to identify and agree all of the child protection challenges that are taking place in your community. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Community Map Presentation, and/or a Courage Community Map. If you are working with the presentation format you will need to project the Community Map onto a white board and use white board markers or pens to identify your child protection challenges. If you are working with a plastic Community Map, you will need stickers or buttons to identify your child protection challenges.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: PRIORITISING OUR CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGES
Once you have agreed that there are child protection challenges happening in your community, it is important to take some time as a group to understand these challenges better and then prioritise them from high, to medium, to low, or non existent in your community. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Child Protection Challenges Presentation and/or the Courage Disempowerment Cards below.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: FROM DISEMPOWERED TO EMPOWERED SOLUTIONS
Now that you have identified the high priority child protection challenges in your community, you will need to develop strategies to address these challenges. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Empowered Child Protection Presentation and/or the Courage Empowered Child Protection Map (A1) below. You can also use the relevant cards in the Disempowerment/Empowerment Card Packs that you will have downloaded already.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: CHILD PROTECTION & SAFEGUARDING STRATEGIES
As a child, parent, community member or child protection officer, it is important to know the step by step approach to keeping our children safe. In this exercise you will take participants through this process using the Courage Child Protection Process Presentation and/or the Courage Child Protection & Safeguarding Map (A1) below. You can find additional processes under the 'Process' page, these include presentations and posters on: Courageous Parenting; Prevention and Non-Statutory Child Protection Processes; Statutory Child Protection Processes; Sex, Conception & Pregnancy Awareness; Option Counselling for Crisis Pregnancy; Abandoned Child Protection Process; and Child Placement through Adoption.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: CREATING WIN/WIN PARTNERSHIPS
It is important to remember that none of us will be able to solve the child protection challenges in our community on our own. We will need to work together with other likeminded individuals or organisations to help us achieve our child protection vision. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Partnership Presentation and the Courage Community Map below. If you are working with the presentation format you will need to project the Community Map onto a white board and use white board markers or pens to identify your child protection partners. If you are working with a plastic Community Map, you will need stickers or buttons to identify your child protection partners.
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: OUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
One of the most important steps in achieving a vision is defining the three to five values that will drive a meaningful change in your and your community's behaviour. To help us define these values, we start by matching our rights to our responsibilities. We then use this understanding to define our values. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Rights & Responsibilities Presentation and/or the Courage Empowerment Cards (you may have already downloaded these for the previous vision exercise).
WORKSHOP EXERCISE: ACTION PLANNING
The final exercise in any Courage community engagement workshop involves action planning. In this exercise you will ask participants to identify the various actions they will be taking to ensure the achievement of your child protection vision. To help you with this exercise you will need to download the Courage Action Planning Presentation below.