Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy


SaffronSDGF ‘Safeguarding the Nigerian Child (SNC) Initiative congratulates His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, of Lagos State for setting a precedence by issuing the Executive Order for the ‘Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Programme’!! This policy now makes it mandatory for all ministries, departments and agencies, including schools and the police, to develop and adopt a ‘Child Focused Agenda’ in implementing the ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

As a member of the Lagos State Sub-Committee for Child Protection and Children’s Rights, SaffronSDGF advocated that the ‘Safeguarding Agenda’ be enshrined in the newly completed ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy’ for the state. We also recommended in the policy, that all schools have a Designated Safeguarding Officer amongst other deliverables in the policy.

SaffronSDGF (SNC) therefore continues to pledge its commitment to working in partnership with government, private and non-governmental agencies, including international organisations to develop, deliver, quality, positive and life changing outcomes for ‘Every Nigerian Child’ globally!

Raising Standards, Protecting Children, Improving Lives for Better Outcomes.

Governor Ambode – Executive Order for Safeguarding & Child Protection Programe 2016  

Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy  

Saffron Education Protection Plan

What is Saffron Education Protection Plan (SEPP)?

Saffron Education Protection Plan (SEPP), is an initiative designed to provide holistic solutions to the challenges faced in the education sector. Adapted to the challenges in the private education sector, this initiative has three packages to address the challenges of:

  1. Parents defaulting in school fees payment
  2. Inadequate infrastructure and learning facilities
  3. Withdrawal of student due to death of fee paying parent

Education Protection Plan Packages:

  1. School Fees
  2. Infrastructure Development
  3. Education Insurance

For more information contact us @ sepp.support@saffronsdgf.org

 

Child O Pretection/Family Support Plan

Overview

During the process of the partnership intervention family assessment by the assessment team, the team has come to an agreement that with empowerment and support Mrs Bello will be able to parent and provide basic care, safe and healthy environment for her children.
The aim is to reintegrate child O with his own family to facilitate the child’s right to family life.
To uphold Saffron five outcomes for every Nigerian child which are:

  • Staying Safe: keeping children and young people safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence, sexual exploitation, accidental injury, death, anti-social behavior; giving them security, stability and care.
  • Being Healthy: keeping children and young people physically, mentally, emotionally and sexually healthy.
  • Enjoying and Achieving: ensuring children and young people attend, enjoy and achieve national standards at school, achieve personal and social development and enjoy recreation.
  • Achieving Economic Well-being: ensuring children and young people engage in education or employment after leaving school, are ready for employment, live in decent homes, have access to transport and material goods, and live in higher income households.
  • Making A Positive Contribution to Society: Make a positive contribution: ensuring children and young people are active and positive citizens, develop positive relationships, self-confidence and enterprising behavior.

 

ACTION PLAN

1. To bring the child O and his siblings under the same roof with their mother.
2. The team will look into child O academic under-achievement challenges.
3. The children will have access to extra-curriculum activities.
4. Register the family with a health provider at their community.
5. Empower and support the mother for her to provide the children with basic needs, safe and healthy environment.

Preventing Online Sexual Exploitation

SSDGF-Safeguarding the Nigerian Child is currently working to address the prevention of violence against children, with a particular focus on ‘Online Sexual Exploitation’ in Lagos and Nigeria as a whole through synergy with various organisations.

Research from various reports on sexual exploitation in Africa and particularly Nigeria, have identified an increasing number of children forced into prostitution and/or trafficked externally or internally within Nigeria for sexual purposes, highlighting a continued rise in child prostitution.
However, Nigeria’s noteworthy efforts to address the ‘Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) by legislating the Child Rights Act (CRA) and the Trafficking in Persons Law Enforcement and Administration Act (TIP Act), brought about the establishment of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Various NGOs in collaboration with the Nigerian Government have facilitated awareness campaigns for child trafficking and established anti-trafficking networks.
Investigations by Saffron’s researchers provided ample information gathered on child trafficking but relatively little on child prostitution, child pornography and online safety or exploitation.
Over time, Nigeria has earned the reputation as one of Africa’s leading centres for internal and cross-border human trafficking. Consequently, human trafficking has been identified as the third largest crime in the country, after economic crimes and drug trafficking.
Evidently there is a definitive link between child victims of prostitution, trafficking, pornography and online sexual exploitation. Therefore it is imperative that all organisations and government agencies working against child abuse/violence; collaborate and work in partnership together to ‘End Violence Against Children’ ‘Raising Standards, Protecting Children, Improving Lives for Better Outcomes

Creating a Safe Environment for Children in Schools and Faith Organisations

Adults working with children in education and faith based settings have a crucial role to play in shaping the lives of young people and therefore, should act professionally.  They are responsible for providing a safe and supportive environment, which secures the well-being and very best outcomes for children and young people in their care. This guidance has been produced to help staff establish the safest possible learning and working environments.  The aims are to safeguard young people and reduce the risk of staff being falsely accused of improper or unprofessional conduct.

SAFFRON SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT GLOBAL FOUNDATION (SSDGF) is committed to the development, co-ordination, implementation, monitoring and review of safeguarding and child protection practices. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation so that they can survive, learn, participate, play and develop. As the director for safeguarding in education and faith Saffron SDGF, my role is to work assiduously with schools, churches and any other faith based organisations in safeguarding, promoting welfare of children and improving lives for better outcomes.

In today’s world, children have become more vulnerable hence, safeguarding and protecting the Nigerian child from the monstrosity of abuse are fundamental. No week passes without an allegation of abuse of a Nigerian child in the newspapers; it has become a worrisome trend which requires a necessity for a swift and effective response to combat this scourge and stem the hideous tide of abuse and terror on children.

Our goal is to establish safeguarding and child protection policy in schools and faith based organisations, conscientiously improving the quality and increasing the scale of our child protection programmes through capacity building, advocacy, interagency collaboration and resource mobilisation, ultimately ending all forms of violence against children.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To create an awareness on the significance of safeguarding and child protection.
  • To educate and enlighten governing bodies, owners of schools, teachers in schools and faith based organisations, caregivers in institutions on their roles on safeguarding and child protection.
  • Promoting safeguarding in teaching and learning.
  • To enlighten them on the necessity of having a designated lead who will be the safeguarding contacts in schools.
  • To sensitize them on what to look out for when working with children.
  • To educate children on their rights and responsibilities.
  • To sensitize them on safer staff recruitment and the importance of keeping records.
  • To ensure safeguarding and child protection policies are available publicly in schools and faith based organisations.
  • To ensure they work with parents for the effectiveness of this policy.
  • To educate and inform parents of their roles and responsibility in keeping their children/wards safe.
  • To ensure monitoring and supervisory bodies effectively carry out their duties through inspections and regulations.
  • To enlighten them to reach out to relevant agencies and monitoring bodies or necessary quarters should in case any allegation of abuse is raised.

 

According to the UN study on violence against children:

“Children have suffered violence at the hands of adults unseen and unheard for centuries. But now that the scale and impact of violence is becoming visible, they cannot be kept waiting any longer for the effective protection to which they have unqualified right.”

It is often said that when the meaning or significance of something is unknown, abuse is inevitable. So many of us are ignorant of  the magnitude of the problem, trend, progress and challenges children experience or worse still we live in denial of it , either way we are still very guilty of  looking the other way, consequently the damaging effects cast an ominous shadow on our posterity.

We will be the voice to advocate and campaign for better practices and policies to fulfil children’s rights and to ensure that children’s voices are heard and support effective implementation of best practices programmes and policies for children, leveraging our knowledge to ensure sustainable impact at scale.

OUR RECIPE FOR CHANGE

  1. Speak out
  2. Innovate
  3. Collaborate
  4. Impact

Mrs Gbemisola Aduloju,

Director for Safeguarding in Education and Faith,

Saffron SDGF

Training and Capacity Building

 

We are delighted to introduce the Saffron Social Development Global Foundation Training and Capacity Building Programme. The programme is open to all staff in government agencies, child centred organisations and the general public

“Individual stakeholders/agencies who, come in contact with children, young people and their families, are responsible for ensuring that their staff are competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities for child protection, safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare”

All staff should be able to recognise when a child may require safeguarding or child protection intervention and should know what to do in response to concerns raised about a child’s welfare.

The SSDGF training and competence building programme, aims to support the development of shared understanding, effective communication and working relationships across all agencies. It is designed to improve knowledge and skills in the core areas of; recognition and action, planning and intervention, working together to make a family stronger and a child safer.

While the State Government & Child Centred Organisations have a lead role in Safeguarding and Child Protection, ‘responsibility must be shared by EVERYONE because children are safeguarded only when all agencies and individuals accept responsibility and co-operate with one-another’.

Whatever your role in working with children, young people and their families, the courses are designed with you in mind.

The SSDG Training Team have developed a complimentary programme of Core Courses, Targeted and Specialist Courses to meet the requirements to support learning outcomes recognised as essential through our research on training needs analysis, to equip organisations in effectively safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every Nigerian Child.

We hope that all organisations, stakeholders, staff and volunteers who come in contact with children, young people and their families, can find something of relevance and interest in this comprehensive programme and we look forward to receiving your applications, participation in events and feedback.

Safeguarding the Nigerian Child Champions

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Safeguarding the Nigerian Child CHAMPIONS; with the mission to safeguard and protect every Nigerian Child!
Our champions are trained and equipped to deliver unified support and advice on safeguarding children, child protection information and community-led training workshops, on issues surrounding maltreatment and abuse. They are ‘A Saffron change agent, creating positive changes in their communities.

Following the recommendations from the successful Safeguarding the Nigerian Child Professional and Social Networking Forum, held on the 15th of October 2015 at the Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria,
SSDGF has engaged with a wide range of Safeguarding the Nigerian Child Champions across Nigeria and also in the UK from various professional backgrounds, community leaders, faith organisations, the media, students in higher education, volunteers, government institutions, private organisations and other NGOs.

Our champions will be included in our two day comprehensive Training for Trainers programme for our in-house consultant trainers, counselors, volunteers and commissioned trainers on delivering safeguarding, child protection training and promoting the welfare and rights of children.

Supported by SSDF, every trained Champion will be able to hold a training programme to train at least 25 other persons in ‘Level 1 Introduction to safeguarding and child protection.

SSDGF anticipates that participants in Champion-led training workshop will benefit positively from this project, causing a ‘Domino’ effect through our communities, faith and private organisations across Lagos, Nigeria and the UK. We ask that each hosting organisation that receives this training, partners with Saffron joining our project, becoming a change agent, creating positive changes in their communities, bringing about more awareness to child maltreatment, abuse, safety and positive parenting practices for better health and well-being for all our children.

Safeguarding is Everyone’s Business

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All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports organisations.

Discussion of this ’Social Problem’ has too often remained hushed and vague, and the linkages between different forms of child abuse are overlooked.

Child Abuse and Maltreatment is a sensitive but unavoidable subject, however, the interests of culture and religion, in protecting outdated practices and preserving power networks, have all worked against child-centred safeguarding, and protection of our children.

A genuinely progressive and effective safeguarding, and child protection system, should be judged on how effectively it helps children go above the circumstances of their birth and how it equips them to take control of their own lives.

Bullying

BULLYING

If you are being bullied you can do something about it!

There is lots of help and advice around to help you. Your school should have a policy to deal with bullying and you have a right to ask a teacher for help.

Bullying Is Wrong, Don’t Ignore It, Ask For Help

Talk over what to do with a friend, your teacher, your mum, dad or someone you trust.

There are children around us everywhere, suffering in silence and hoping someone will notice their plight and be bold enough to intervene.  It is important for us to know what to look out for and to be able to identify a child who is suffering from or at risk of abuse.

Children and young people may not be believed when they talk about abuse. This does not mean they are lying.  They just need someone who will believe them.

If you or anyone you know who is under 18 years of age is being abused or neglected, please pick up the phone and ring the following:

The Safeguarding the Nigerian Child (SNC) Helpline on: – 08099724453 or 080997CHILD

Safeguarding The Nigerian Child

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CHILD SAFETY
Parents and Care givers

Parenting is one of the most difficult jobs there is, with so much responsibility.
It can be both challenging and rewarding. It is a job where very little training is given to prepare parents for what lies ahead.

We believe every parent experiences difficulties from time to time, as there is no such thing as a perfect parent or perfect child. However, there are some things that can be done to make parenting less stressful and more rewarding.

Safe Parenting Handbook

The SCN Safe Parenting Handbook is designed to be easy to follow and aims to offer ideas and information to parents and carers to help them find their way through what can be a maze of issues.

The topics chosen include helpful tips and information together with local and national contacts for further information if needed.

The Handbook covers the different issues a parent or carer could face from the time when their child is a baby through to being a teenager.

We hope that parents and carers will find the handbook useful and worth keeping (and sharing) for future reference.

The SCN Safe Parenting Handbook is available for a wide section of parents and carers.  Ask at your children’s schools or contact the SNC office for advice on how to get a copy.

Keeping Safe on the Internet

Some tips for staying safe on-line:

  • Don’t give out information about yourself such as your name, your phone number, where you live or your school.
  • Never give out your password.
  • Never email a picture of yourself to a stranger or someone you have only met on the web.
  • If someone says something to you or sends something or you see something that makes you feel uncomfortable don’t look around and explore, tell your parents.
  • Don’t open up emails, files or web pages that you get from people you don’t know.

It’s not a good idea to meet up with internet buddies, but if you do make sure that your Mum or Dad helps you to plan the meeting and that they go with you.

Saffron Handbook - What is Parenting
Saffron Parenting Handbook – What is Parenting