44 participants attended HLAF's first training this 2018 with CPD units for Social Workers entitled CHILD FOCUSed

Written by Ma. Luisa Bautista

"...people cannot also take away the fact that a child is incapable to act, think and decide the way adults are doing simply because they are just a child.." HLAF's Executive Director, Atty. Rommel Alim Abitria, said during the training for social workers offered by the Humanitarian Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (HLAF), in partnership with De La Salle University - Dasmarinas entitled, CHILD FOCUSed: A Child-Rights Based Approach on Intervention, Program, Planning and Implementation, and Policy Formulation (with 15 CPD units for Social Workers). CHILD FOCUSed is a workshop seminar on Child-Rights Based Approach on Program and Intervention Planning and Implementation. In this workshop seminar, the resource speakers had an in-depth discussion on Child-Rights Based Approach. Participants also engaged in an intensive write shop on child protection policy, program intervention planning and implementation.

44 Participants came from different non-government organisations, local government units, and other government agencies who are from all over the Philippines. HLAF's Senior Community Organizer, Ms. Claudette Almadin, RSW, noted that the training will not focus only on juvenile justice and also aimed to convey to the participants the relevance and essence of the knowing the rights of the child in consideration to their needs, the importance of UNCRC as framework to guide and promote the welfare of children.

For the training writeshop, the topics discussed were Child Sensitivity, United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), introduction to human rights, child protection and its underlying topics, rights based approach to making policies and programs for children, appreciative inquiry as a tool for crafting rights based policies and how children’s rights and social work started. The participants also had the opportunity to visit the Bahay Pag-Asa - Dasmariñas as part of their interactive learning session.

CHILD FOCUSed was a back-to-back training writeshop with the 2018 Juvenile Justice Implementers' Congress.