Prevention and Early Intervention
The old saying is so true “prevention is better than cure”. What if resources in Child Protection is focused on prevention rather than crisis management of the symptoms as so well explained in this video from UNICEF – “It’s time to prevent violence against children…”
GCF implements the Parenting for Life Journey to capacitate all primary care givers in their role to ensure that every child develops to their full potential and that no child is left behind.
GCF also creates awareness and a common platform for the understanding of children’s rights and responsibilities through the Social Justice and Protective Behaviours programmes.
The Social Justice programme is an innovative tool to bring about understanding for children’s safeguarding, ensuring there is a commitment to child protection and policies for organisations, faith based organisations, governing boards, traditional leaders, municipalities, businesses, schools and communities. This Afri-centric approach works with the African Charter and has made this programme extremely successful in bringing change to mindsets in communities.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Desmond Tutu
Protective Behaviour programme is a personal safety life skills programme which aims to prevent abuse, increase safety and reduce violence. This empowerment and safeguarding tool can be used by children, parents, educators, families or anyone who comes into contact with children.
Transformational Care – Back to Family
The aim is the protection of children without parental care, in order to ensure high quality appropriate alternative care solutions through holistic intervention programmes. These solutions include temporary safe care parents, foster parents and kinship parents which would result in the prevention of harmful institutionalization of children at risk.
Child and Youth Care Centre – Temporary Safe Care
A multi-disciplinary team ensures child-centred, nurturing responsive care is provided according to the developmental needs of approximately 90 children in temporary safe care per annum. Our main focus is ensuring that these children are restored and reintegrated to safe and secure families.
Achieving social transformation by building the capacity of child protection change agents in the communities with whom Give a Child a Family engages locally, nationally and internationally. Child protection systems are hereby capacitated to engage in effective system’s strengthening initiatives which is facilitated by enabling environments of policies, services, communities and families.
Give a Child a Family engages in evidence-based planning and aims to bring together key strategic partners to have an open and robust conversation about how the advocacy role can be strengthened. Civil Society must play a role to develop and drive a shared advocacy agenda in order to build a stronger national child care and protection system.