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Package aims to prevent child abuse in Fiji

Nasik Swami
Friday, October 05, 2012

THE Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation and the United Nations Children's Fund Pacific have launched a Child Protection Community Facilitation Package aimed at preventing child abuse.

The $100,000 facilitation package is a manual for community-based positive parenting skills training processes and focusing on the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

Speaking at the launch in Suva yesterday, Social Welfare Minister Dr Jiko Luveni said the package would be used by community facilitators nationwide when conducting awareness sessions in their communities.

"The package is designed in such a way that it builds on the strengths of communities in Fiji, recognising that children are our future generations so that families, communities, villages and the nation has an important role to play to bring up healthy, educated, responsible, happy and productive citizens," Dr Luveni said.

She said the package was designed to achieve the best outcomes for children and built on key aspects of the Community Facilitation Package developed by the Pacific Children's and Department of Social Welfare in 2003.