Child Safe Horizons condemns the chemical weapons attacks on civilians in Syria. Along with the rest of the world, we were particularly horrified at the images of babies and children suffering and dying. The victims’ symptoms indicated that the chemical used was a nerve agent or other banned toxic substance. If proven, this amounts to an international war crime. Then, while survivors were frantically trying to save the lives of children and adults injured in the attack, the h
A recording is now available for our Child Safeguarding in Humanitarian Settings Webinar (26/11/2015) that was co-hosted by the global level Child Protection Working Group (www.cpwg.net). See recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bLJmOC_D6o #childsafeguarding #Children #childprotection #Childprotectioninemergencies #CaseManagement #KarenRasmussen #Humanitarian #ChildProtection #childprotectionpolicies
Some may have noticed a Twitter storm that began yesterday, “Is it ok to use paid models for poverty porn?” around one non-profit organisation's use of paid models to create a fundraising campaign. The images are striking - some have said appalling - but somehow the debate then shifted to whether or not the images amounted to exploitation so long as the children in the images were paid models. The campaign is another sad reminder that "poverty porn" or aid porn is alive and w
Recently, a former classmate of mine posed a question on his Facebook page: “One of the many things I'm fascinated by is group behavioural dynamics… Specifically, around events that stretch over years, are definitely wrong once exposed, but once found out, outsiders think, "why did they not do anything? How was this not known?" You see this most often in very traumatic events, like child abuse at schools spanning decades… Each time, people often knew these things were happeni
A recording is now available for our Child Safeguarding in Humanitarian Settings Webinar that was co-hosted by the global level Child Protection Working Group (www.cpwg.net). See recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bLJmOC_D6o #childsafeguarding #Children #childprotection #Childprotectioninemergencies #CaseManagement #KarenRasmussen #Humanitarian #ChildProtection #childprotectionpolicies
When my nephew was first born, our entire family was over the moon. My sister and her husband waited quite a while before deciding to bring a new life into the world, and I had already made the decision not to. With only two children in our family, this was our parent’s first grandchild, and I was excited beyond words to become an aunt! Of course everyone wanted to immediately view photos of my nephew, particularly my mother’s friends (most of whom already had several grandch
Usually when I meet someone for the first time, and tell them about the type of work I do as an aid worker I get a combination of the following responses: 1). “Wow, that work must be so rewarding”, 2). “Are you a volunteer/ Do you get paid to do that?/ How much do you get paid?” and 3). “I’d be really interested to volunteer to do similar work – how can I get involved?” As the documentary ‘The Voluntourist’ highlights, the development sector is one of the most technically cha
On the 13/09/2015, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs released the Sudan: Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 37, http://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/OCHA_Sudan_Weekly_Humanitarian_Bulletin_Issue_37_%287_-_13_September_2015%29.pdf Over 3.1 million of Sudan’s 7.9 million school-aged children (between 5 and 13 years) in Sudan are out of school, which is the highest rate in the Middle East and North Africa, according to a report. Sudan’s firs
filmsforaction.org has produced a short informative animation explaining how the current refugee crisis in the EU has evolved and the current needs and contributions from states to assist the children, women and men from Syria. Video can be found here: http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the-european-refugee-crisis-and-syria-explained/ #Syria #Refugees #Children #Humanitarian #childprotectioninemergencies #Childprotection #childprotectionpolicies
Posted on 21/9/2015 the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance has released Guiding Principles for the Development of Para Professional Social Service Workers. The purpose of this document is to provide a set of principles that will be a useful base for utilizing para professionals as well as delineating functions and competencies related to how social service para professionals can be trained, developed, deployed and supported. Social service para professionals play a crit
As the refugee crisis continues in Europe, with thousands of families fleeing Syria, Iraq and other war-torn countries, it is most often the images of the children that grab at our hearts and bring tears to our eyes. The image of little Alyan lying on the beach in Turkey…the mother falling down on the train tracks in Hungary clutching her baby…the father carrying his son who was tripped up by a journalist as he ran away from police…and most recently, images of refugees, inclu
New York, September 10, 2015—Armed groups in the Central African Republic (CAR) have attacked schools, students, and teachers and, along with international peacekeeping forces, have used schools as bases for their activities, said Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) in a report released today. The Transitional Government of CAR and the international community should take urgent steps to secure the school environment and promote children’s right to education.
Many times people have heard the term “child protection” and “child protection policy”, but “child safeguarding” and “child safeguarding policy” are terms that fewer people are familiar with. There are some very important distinctions between these terms, and understanding the difference is as important as understanding what child abuse is and how it can be prevented. Child Protection: In its widest sense, child protection is a term used to describe the actions that individ
We have been devastated by the images of the children and families dead or dying being washed up onto the shores of Europe, or those lying suffocated in the backs of trucks trying to cross borders, or being passed over barbed wire fences - in an effort to be free to be safe. We have been devastated by the lack of action, the lack of protection, given to these children and families who are fleeing wars and tragedy - unimaginable.
Child refugees must be protected at all time
TEDx - Unveiling a New Superpower - Susan Bissell will talk about her experiences stopping child labor, child trafficking, and domestic child abuse throughout the globe. #childprotection #violenceagainstchildren #childprotectioninemergencies