About Child's Rights Protection Unit I Schedule of Activities I  Area of Coverage I Projects I Funding Partners I Downloads

The program organizes the CRPU at the municipal/city level as a mechanism for the protection of children through a sustainable coordination and collaboration of the five pillars of justice in addressing the issues of abused children and juveniles in conflict with the law, thereby upholding their inherent rights as children.

The five pillars of justice are: Law enforcement, Prosecution, Corrections, Courts and the Community. Aside from NGOs and Civil Society Organizations, the community pillar includes the other agencies of government concerned with children’s welfare such as the City or Municipal Social Welfare Office, the City or Municipal Health Office/District Hospital, Department of Education and the Department of Interior and Local Government.

This program basically addresses the problem of lack of coordination of the different agencies at the municipal and city level in addressing cases involving children. This lack of coordination leads to more trauma to the child, waste of resources and in some instances dismissal and lack of interest by the child and parents to pursue the case.

Specific Objectives:

• To decrease cases of child abuse and juveniles in conflict with the law in the three pilot areas;

• To enhance the knowledge, skills and attitudes of the five pillars of justice and concerned agencies in assisting abused children as well a juveniles in conflict with the law in the most child-sensitive manner;

• To advocate for the establishment of appropriate bodies that will respond to the unique needs of children and promote accountability on duty bearers;

• To raise the capacities of implementors to be able to uphold children’s rights amidst evolving issues and problems that confront and affect the realization of their basic rights.



Components
Organizing/Network Building
Organizing of the CRPU composed of the five pillars of justice as mentioned above, Barangay Council for the Protection of Children (BCPC) as mandated by law and the children/youth as child’s rights advocates.

a. CRPU it starts with a workshop of the concerned agencies to organize CRPU, MOA signing, passing of resolution or ordinance creating CRPU, regular meetings per area and inter-area, yearly planning and assessment and team building.

b. BCPC – A one-day training to orient the participants on the International and Local Laws involving children. This may also be focused on a certain issue involving children.

c. Youth
Not so focused on the laws but on child development, psychology of the child, effects of abuse on children, understanding the dynamics of the child in conflict with the law and other psychological considerations in cases involving children

Capacity Building
Training the CRPU members on how to handle cases involving children which includes Multi-Disciplinary Team Strategy, Child Sensitive investigative interview, Case Management and Understanding the Dynamics of CICL. Beginning Family Therapy Training is also conducted for social workers and guidance counselors to become family therapists who can conduct family therapy for both child abuse victims and CICL handled by the CRPU. This component also includes specific training for specific audience as follows: Diversion training and Enhancement Training for the barangay lupon and members of BCPCs, Personal Safety Lessons and Trainor’s Training for teachers, Training on Advocacy, Leadership and Life Skills for the youth, among others.

For the CRPU:

a. Multi-Disciplinary Team Strategy - this is a three-day training which includes the roles of the different disciplines and emphasizes the importance of a multi-disciplinary team composed of police, social worker, prosecutor and doctor in handling cases of child abuse. With this strategy, multiple interview of the child is avoided to prevent more trauma on the child victim of abuse. At the end of the training, the participants from each city of municipality will come up with a referral flow using the MTS to be implemented in cases of child abuse.

b. Child Sensitive Investigative Interview a three-day training on the child development as it relates to the language of children, sensitivity and skills in interviewing a child who has been abused. It includes different scenarios when a child is interviewed and how to handle them. Role play on interviewing a child and critique is also done. This training is given to the multi-disciplinary team. The team will choose only one member to do the actual interview while the rest of the team will ask their questions through the interviewer to avoid multiple interviews. With this training, actual disclosure interview with a child may be video taped and submitted to the court as the direct examination instead of actually presenting the child.

c. Case Management Training a three-day training for case workers using the Caring, Healing, Teaching (CHT) Framework in the management of cases at all stages. Using the referral flow of cases, interventions on CHT at each stage is identified for the child who is a victim of abuse.

d. Understanding the Child in Conflict with the Law (CICL) - a two-day training to orient the participants on international laws on Juvenile Justice, the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (RA 9344), the principle of Restorative Justice as well as on the psychology of the CICL and possible effective interventions for them. The participants will then come up with a plan to address the CICL problems in their areas.

e. Beginning Family Therapy (BFT) Training The output of this training is to produce family therapists who may be social workers, guidance councilors or other interested professionals. This is conducted in coordination with the Society of Filipino Family Therapists (SOFFT). The training consists of three modules, five days for each module. The first module is the theoretical aspect of family therapy eg., the dynamics of Filipino families, the different approaches and models in family therapy and the steps in conducting family therapy sessions particular in cases of child abuse and CICL. The assignment after the first module is to conduct a first family therapy session and submit the documentation. The second and third modules are more on the practical skills in relation with the theories discussed in the first module. The actual family therapy session conducted is presented and critiqued. Each participant will take the role of family therapists in a role play and critiquing on the conduct of the family therapy is done. The assignment for the second module is the second family therapy session and documentation. It is only after the third module that a certificate of completion is awarded.

For the Barangay:

a. Barangay Diversion Training – A three-day training to orient barangay officials mandated by the law on the international laws on JJ and the JJWA, principles of restorative justice and how to conduct diversion proceedings at the barangay level and to come up with diversion programs. After the training, the participants shall form the diversion committee of the barangay in charge of diversion. (Addendum: Diversion is an alternative process of dealing with a child who violates a law without going through the formal court process. At the end of the diversion proceedings, the parties (victim and CICL) including the family and concerned agencies shall come up with a diversion program which may consist of community service, counseling and other activities to address the problems and situation of the CICL.)

b. Skills Enhancement Training on Diversion A two-day training to enhance the skills of the mandated officials in the barangay in conducting diversion proceedings. The problems they have encountered in the actual process of diversion in the barangay will be addressed. More role play and critiquing will be conducted to improve the conduct of diversion proceedings.

For the Teachers:

a. Personal Safety Lessons (PSL) for Teachers A four-day training to orient the teachers from the different levels (Grades 1 to 10) on the dynamics of child sexual abuse, the physical and psychological/behavioral effects of sexual abuse on the child, laws on child abuse, and how to deal with disclosures of abuse. More importantly, the training orients the teacher on the curriculum of personal safety lessons (PSL) for the different grade levels which they will integrate into to their existing subjects to be given to the students to prevent child sexual abuse. Teaching demo is included in the training. At the end of the training, a system of reporting disclosures of child abuse in the school will be also established.

b. Training of Trainors on PSL The output of this training is to produce trainors on PSL who can train more teachers to give PSL to their classes. This four-day training will review and enhance the understanding of the concepts introduced in the PSL training, to identify problem areas in teaching PSL to the students and coming up with resolutions . The teachers will enhance and develop the necessary skills to train more teachers on PSL. By the end of the training, the trainors that have been trained will plan the conduct of PSL trainings for teachers.

For the children and youth:

a. Child’s Rights Advocacy Training – Orientation on Children’s Rights, the different issues confronting children and the pertinent laws addressing them. It also includes topics on what is advocacy and the different methods of advocating for children’s rights. They will also come up with an advocacy plan by the end of the training. The children and youth who are trained will be organized into Child’s Rights Advocates (CRA).

b. Leadership Training The training aims to develop leadership skills for the CRAs so that they can sustain their organization.

c. Skills for Life The training follows the modules developed by the Consuelo Foundation. It aims to develop skills that are not taught in the educational curriculum but more on practical life, dealing with yourself, relationship with other people, the roles in the community, preparing the child/youth how to apply for work and other life skills. The number of days depends on the chosen modules. This may be done on a staggered basis such as once a week.

Case Management
The CRPU’s main agenda is to come up with referral forms and a referral flow for cases involving children such as child abuse using the MTS and CICL based on the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act and to implement the referral flow. Case conferences is done to see to it that the referral flow is implemented, referral of the children to services such as family therapist other psycho-social services.
 
Advocacy
 

Includes information dissemination in the barangay, implementation of Personal Safety Lessons in the schools, and advocating for local ordinances for the protection of children.

 

a. Information dissemination on the rights of the child at the barangay level including schools which may be done by the BCPC or the CRAs. It may be in the form of Film showing, puppetry, or other creative means.

b. Implementation of Personal Safety Lessons (PSL) – Teachers trained on PSL will teach the PSL to their students as integrated into their subjects. Basically, the PSL orients students on personal safety, what is safe, confusing and unsafe touch and what to do in these cases. It is required under a Dep Ed Memorandum but is not being implemented in all schools yet

c. Advocating for Local Ordinances This includes advocating for the passage of a Children’s Code for the municipality/city if it does not have one yet, and review/amendment of the existing ones. Other ordinances that relate to the protection of children shall also be included as well depending on the issues present in the area like ordinances on internet café, curfew and the like.

Schedule of Activities

Support Center

Management Staff
Area of Coverage The entire province of Cebu including the highly urbanized and component cities and those areas under the CRPU Program. The policy advocacy component, however, is aimed not only at the provincial but also national and international levels.
Lapulapu City, Danao City, Minglanilla, Compostela, City of Naga, Balamban,
Mandaue City, Talisay City, Cordova
  New Areas: Toledo City, Argao and Moalboal
Children's Legal Bureau, Inc.

 

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Philippines

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