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Lagos State is implementing child safeguarding and protection policies in institutions

Chiamaka Ozulumba
The Lagos State Government under the Lagos State Agency Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Office of Education Quality Assurance has commenced the implementation of the program safeguarding and protection of children by the State.

The one-day outreach program, held on February 28, 2022 at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, aimed to educate principals, headteachers and school administrators on the Safeguarding and Lagos State Government Child Protection.

The program was facilitated by learned child protection experts, including Director General of Education Quality Assurance Bureau, Ms. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Mr. Taiwo Akinlami and Ms. Modupeola Saheed Adebmabo.
In her welcoming remarks, the Executive Secretary of the DSVA, Ms. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi, highlighted the fact that while most child abuse occurs within families and communities, children are also victims of abuse and operating in organizations that provide them with support and services.

According to her, research has shown that physical and emotional abuse and neglect in child-focused organizations and institutions is less systematic and usually unplanned, as it stems from poor conditions, poor work practices and poor management. negligent.

She therefore noted that it is mandatory for all child-centered institutions to adopt and ensure full implementation of a Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy.

The Director-General, Ms Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who presented the first document, stressed the need for schools to recognize the role they play in ensuring the well-being and safety of children, especially since children spend a large part of their day at school.

The Director-General urged participants to take advantage of the free online course “Introduction to Child Safeguarding and Protection Policy” which more than 10,000 educators have successfully completed, encouraging those who did not take the course to do it.

In addition, during the sensitization program, Ms. Adebambo gave an overview of the program of the Executive Decree on Child Safeguarding and Protection, while highlighting the essential measures that schools should take to ensure the safety of their students, some of which include; safer recruitment procedures, adopting a safeguard policy, having a designated safeguard officer and establishing reporting, recording and feedback mechanisms.

Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, on his part, gave an overview of what children’s rights entail, societal and cultural perceptions of children as well as norms and beliefs that encourage child abuse. State government no caning policy.

A total of 400 elementary and secondary schools, drawn from public and private schools in School District 6, were in attendance, as attendees were provided with the necessary tools to ensure they are able to establish and implement effectively the child safeguarding and protection policy in their institutions.

The program is to be implemented in all school districts, reiterating Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s commitment to ensuring the safety and protection of all children in Lagos State.