Parents helped in lead up to cause

2015-12-01 06:00

A few parents in Parkwood have recently attended a parenting skills workshop in preparation for the 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Child Abuse.

The workshop, initiated by the Safeline Organisation, was aimed at parents in the area to inform and empower them should they be confronted with a case where a child discloses that they have been sexually abused.

Community development worker in the Grassy Park area, Nicole Martin, says the programme was well received by parents in the area when the workshop was held over two days recently.

“We want to empower parents in cases where children disclose to them if they have been sexually abused. Parents were given the protocol and do’s and don’ts in the event that their child or a child opens up to them,” Martin says.

Effective communicationShe adds parents were targeted with this programme to open a line of effective communication between parents and children.

“Often we find that children aren’t confident enough to speak to their parents about being sexually abused. It is often teachers or other family members and the parents are often the last to find out,” she says.

“But with this programme we have helped parents to ensure that they are ready to deal with the situation appropriately and to give them the best support and guidance,” Martin explains.

The programme which has been running in various areas including Lavender Hill and the greater Grassy Park area.

“This programme will also see to it that our children have a safety net and that they won’t be afraid to tell their parents. When parents foster a good communication channel between themselves and their children they will be able to be proactive to prevent abuse and keep their children close,” Martin says.

Speak upShe confirms these type of programmes were aimed at parents to also ensure an influx of referrals from different areas.

“We know many people are not reporting this and this should not be the case. People should speak up about this so they may get the help and assistance they need. People often do not know where to go when they are confronted with such a situation and we wanted them to know who they can approach,” she says.

Martin confirms referrals are accepted at their Grassy Park office but a walk-in system is also available.

“Mostly we receive referrals from the police and hospitals, but we also accept walk-ins. People have to be aware of what structures and organisations are available in their communities. Our clients also receive free counselling after being referred,” Martin explains.

She adds more programmes are planned for the area and will be communicated in the upcoming weeks. V If you would like to contact the Safeline Organisation for more information, visit their offices at 4 Green Acres, 4th Avenue, Grassy Park. Alternatively call 08000 35553.

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