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UNICEF arms ‘mandatory reporters’ to fight child abuse, trafficking in persons and family violence

Posted: Wednesday, April 12, 2023. 2:23 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: A new e-course concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse, human trafficking and family violence will be launched on Friday morning in Belize City under the aegis of UNICEF Belize, Pathlight Belize, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology and National Organization for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NOPCAN).

The course is being added to the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Learning Institution (TLI) platform after digital training was introduced for the mandatory reporting program on child abuse and human trafficking as well as family violence.

A UNICEF statement says it reached out to key decision makers to remind them of their responsibility as mandatory reporters and the importance of reporting suspected violence against children, first in the child’s best interest and second as a potential signal for other forms of violence in the home.

But according to the supranational children’s rights organization, “What emerged was evidence-based knowledge of duty bearers’ own experiences with violence, often unresolved. The high demand for training of teachers and administrators at the primary and secondary levels countrywide triggered scaled up opportunity to include a self-paced version of the program on the Ministry of Education’s Teacher Learning Institute (TLI).”

The event takes place at the Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel on Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. Announced speakers include Minister of Human Development Dolores Balderamos-Garcia and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Belize Birgit Gerstenberg.

 

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