The Guyana Cricket Board in collaboration with CWI and UNICEF conducted a Child Protection Course on Tuesday last at the GCB’s Board Room, top flat of the GCB’s office building, Regent Road, Bourda.
The course was geared at providing participants with relevant information, relating to Child Care, Child Abuse, Child Welfare and their management. Further, it examined essential reporting procedures necessary to be adopted on the recognition of abuse and/or the observation of the potential for abuse.
The participants of this course were mainly, teachers and players who are pursuing coaching certification. It should be noted, that individuals desirous of obtaining CWI Coaching Certification, are required to possess the prerequisites of Child Protection, First Aid and Police Clearance.
Thereafter, they may be processed to participate in the CWI Coaching Courses through a structured pathway of programmes beginning with the Foundation, Level ONE, Level Two then Level Three.
The Main facilitator of the course, Senior Probation and Social Services Officer, Orette Francois indicated that the Child Care and Protection Agency have found the conduct of the GCB/CWI/UNICEF Child Protection Courses useful in educating individuals tasked with supervising children, about relevant matters relating to the effective care and protection of children.
Francois posited that individuals in children’s care have an important role to play, in ensuring that children are provided with a friendly-learning environment, one which is free of abuse and takes highly into consideration children’s safety, their well-being and the best system for their progressive growth.
Nicholas Fraser, Head of the Physical Education Department of the Allied Arts Unit, the Ministry of Education who was one of the facilitators of the course, noted that the Child Protection Courses are greatly assisting in making coaches and those who act in the role of coaches more cognizant of the requirements on management of children.
Fraser, stressed that the effective supervision and management of child is of paramount importance, and that the absence of which may lead to serious implications for children negatively affected, to those with the responsibility care of children and to the sport in question itself.
On Wednesday, a similar CWI/UNICEF Child Protection Course was scheduled to be held in West Berbice while yesterday, a similar course was scheduled for the Parika Salem School, Parika, East Bank Essequibo.
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