Resources for vulnerable children
Are you working with children who have been through catastrophic events – wars, the effects of HIV/AIDS? Here are some effective resources:
ONE: Download "Interviewing & Counselling at the Grassroots" from our Library (it's in English, French or Somali). Check that you have used the suggestions and checklists in the following sections to ensure that all your staff have the skills they need:
2.1 – Making the Office Friendly & Private;
2.18 – Checklist to evaluate interviewing skills:
3.9 – Recognising problems in children:
3.10 – Helping children with problems:
4.1 – Checklist to evaluate Counselling skills:
TWO: Register with AIDS Alliance and get their CD package: “Support for Orphans & Other Vulnerable Children” (now also available for download online). If you type in children in the search bar, several other documents exist.
Other useful publications:
- the 12-page pdf "The Promise of a Future: Strengthening Family and Community Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Sub-Saharan Africa".
- “Building Blocks: Asia” (380kb PDF) – an 18-page publication for communities working with AIDS orphans and vulnerable children
- “The Lost Ones: Emergency care and family tracing for separated children from birth to five years"
- The Government of Zambia has developed material for schools on sexuality, gender, HIV etc - three manuals for three different age groups plus teachers'guides. Download the first from the AIDSALLIANCE website.
THREE: Register with Strategies for Hope and download their pdf publication "The Child Within". This workbook is from a Christian perspective but can be useful for people from other cultures as well. In English, Portuguese, French & Swahili.
FOUR: SCF, Plan International and other organisations have a "NGO Child Protection Toolkit". This addresses - What is Abuse? - Policies and Procedures - and - Training - materials for workshops etc.