Child Protection Training

Last week VASANOC hosted a five-day training on Child Protection. Lecturer Kate Eversteyn came from Australia representing the association Keeping Children Safe. During the first days Kate introduced the topic with key information about child abuses and provided important tools to the participants.

The objective was for them to understand the different types of abuses and how to notice, prevent and heal them. Attending the training were members of Non-Governmental Organizations such as the Red Cross and Save the Children, as well as sports coaches and leaders working with children. 

All participants were asked to perform a half-day group presentation on the topic with fun and interactive activities to help the audience to understand, learn and think about this painful but crucial issue. These facilitating sessions allowed the participants to practice their new role as Trainers of Child Protection that they will endorse after this week.

Everyone learnt a lot about their organization’s responsibility in Child protection and their personal responsibilities inside their organizations and in their communities. They were all thankful to Kate’s encouraging words and deep knowledge on the subject. The week ended with big smiles, a lot of applauds and improved confidence for everyone.


VASANOC thanks Kate Eversteyn for her work and pedagogy, and all the new Trainers of Child Protection for their attention, participation and following pictures. 


Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP) has engaged Keeping Children Safe to work with ASOP partners in the Pacific to build their capacity to provide safe environments for children participating in sports activities. Keeping Children Safe’s five day train the trainer workshop builds on existing child protection policies and codes of conduct by providing Child Protection Focal points from each participating organisation with practical tools to effectively implement a child protection policy. ASOP is an Australian Government initiative funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and managed by Australian Sport Commission.


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