Child Abuse

Lagos DSVA Holds Parents Association Conference

By Joke Ladenegan -Oginni The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA) have called on Parents, guardians and caregivers in the State to pay more attention to their children and wards by ensuring utmost care and protection of their children against all forms of abuse especially sexual violence. The call was made today by the Executive Secretary,  Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), Mrs Titilola Vivour- Adeniyi at a Parents Association Conference in collaboration with  the Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA) had over 400 parents under Education District II, in attendance. Speaking at the Parents Association Conference at the Adeyemi Bero hall, Ikeja, the Executive Secretary of the Agency, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi explained that the conference was organized to enlighten parents on the process of reporting cases, knowledge and information on how to prevent abusive acts on their children and the emerging worrisome trends of sexual abuse in the society. Vivour-Adeniyi who was represented by the Head, Clinical Psychology Department DSVA, Dr. Olive Oluwagbemileke noted that punishment has not been an effective tool to correct wrong behavior of children, rather than discipline, stressing the need to explore other mild ways of reprimanding children for wrong doings. She said “When parents are frustrated about child wrong behavior, they want the child to suffer for that and this has led to violence in the society and illicit rebellion and aggressive behavior from the child.” Director General Office of Education Quality Assurance. Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, who was represented by Director Monitoring and Investigation of the agency, Mr Kamardeen Akodu  gave an indept of collaborative efforts and activities of the multi-agencies involved in the protection of child rights in the State. Akodu said the Joint Task force (agencies) monitor schools and investigate cases of children below the tertiary institutions, such as primary and secondary schools both in private and public. State Coordinator of the Bimbo Odukoya foundation and the Child Protection Network, Mrs Aderonke Oyelakin said the essence of the conference was to emphasise collaborative effort as a way to instill good values in Children and enlighten parents on how to curb all forms of violence against children in Lagos State. President,  Parents Forum Education District II, Mr Abdul-Wasiu Jenrade lauded the initiative by DSVA by creating the platform to educate parents “Whatever happen to our children is the cause of the parents, the conference is an eye openers for everyone to take congnizance of the fact that we must key into this noble reservoir of knowledge to further safeguard our children.” Jenrade said He stressed that Parents would take advantage of the various platforms to exclalate matters of abuse against their children and wards Participants at the event lauded the initiative of the DSVA and other relevant agencies for convening such a forum to educate them on the ‘Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy.

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Lagos Govt. Warns Parents Against Mixing Child Abuse With Discipline

The Lagos State Government through its Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), has cautioned parents and guardians against mixing domestic abuse issues with a disciple in their homes across the state. It said that many parents, hiding under the guise of disciplining their children over conducts at home, begin to engage in continuous abuse of such children, leaving that child with bruises and other bodily injuries in the state. The Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, gave the warning yesterday during a Parent Association Conference for District one and six held in Ikeja which was also attended by the Director-General, Office of Education Quality Assurance (OEQA), Abiola Seriki-Ayeni. Vivour-Adeniyi explained that discipline and domestic abuse were separated by a thin line under the law with child discipline easily leading to abuse from the parents. She noted that the Lagos State domestic and sexual violence law does not exclude parents from prosecution, saying anyone found culpable would be prosecuted by the government in accordance with provisions of the law. The Executive Secretary explained that to ensure that parents do not fall victim to these as well as protect their children from other forms of abuse including sexual, the government considered that they should be put through on how to detect and escalate abuse of children in the state. According to her, the parents are major stakeholders in the fight against domestic violence in the state. We want to empower them so that they go home, they’re able to perform their parenting skills, and prevent domestic and sexual violence in the state. “We believe that many cases could be prevented when parents have the right information and skill set to identify that their child was being abused and take the right steps to curb them. “Parents are so critical in the development of their children and that is why we have decided that they should be adequately empowered to understand all that is necessary to detect and prevent their children from suffering domestic and sexual violence. “We are empowering parents on signs to look out for to detect physical and emotional abuse whenever their child suffers such. We need the parents to be aware of what are happenings. Also, we are discussing with them the need to distinguish between abuse and discipline. Some parents abuse their children under the guise of discipline. We are not faced with the fact that the father or mother is the perpetrator, we will go after whoever is involved in the case”, she added. Earlier, Seriki-Ayeni, who was represented Director of Planning and Statistics, Yemi Abdul, disclosed that abuse on children affects their ability to learn effectively in school. She noted that the engagement was to ensure that parents abandon some practices that often affect their children’s learning ability, saying some parents deny their children food and other learning aids not due to paucity of funds but consider other issues above the child’s needs. The Director-General stressed that this and other actions constitute abuse that the government was trying to prevent so as to ensure that schoolchildren in Lagos, irrespective of their school, are either private or public. A child counsellor, Kingsley Ubong-Ebulem, noted that a degree of abuse happens at home because the abuser and the victims come from the home, saying that many parents were not empowered to understand how their actions affect their children’s development. A Head of School, Doris Obeki, urged parents to consider child upbringing as important and acquire all knowledge that could aid them in producing children that become better citizens in society. Obeki noted that the major challenge currently affecting children was neglect from parents that were expected to guide and protect them from any abuse in the state. “The physical, social, and emotional well-being of the children must be cared for. Parenting today should be intentional and not the other way around. We must add value to the children and not destroy their lives. There is more to parenting today and we as parents must understand that”. Source: The Guild Ng

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Lagos Govt. Equips Doctors On Domestic, Sexual Violence Victims’ Support, Reportage

As a measure to protect male and female victims of domestic and sexual violence in Lagos, the State Government has put doctors drawn across the 52 Local Governments and Local Council Development Area (LCDA) through process and procedures to aid their ability in supporting victims and escalating their cases in their medical facility to appropriate agencies in Lagos. The medical experts would after the training be providing clinical support to the victims, particularly children, that may have been abused as well as educate them to support available for them and measures to seek justice in the state. These three-day training on prevention and management of sexual assaults cases was put together by the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency (DSVA), to further sensitize all stakeholders in the state on their role to prevent and manage domestic, sexual and other gender-based violence cases. The Executive Secretary, DSVA, Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, in an interview with newsmen, described the training aim as basically to equip as well as making the doctors mandate reporters in their respective medical facilities across Lagos. Vivour-Adeniyi noted that the training by the state government through DSVA would be boosting awareness level among Lagosians so as to enlighten everyone on why the rape culture must be do away with. She stated with more awareness and training programmes embarked upon by the agency was targeted at changing peoples’ mindset and how they respond to victims of domestic and sexual violence when they needed help. “We are increasing awareness about the issue so that people can become more enlightened and respond to victims whenever cases of domestic and sexual violence occur within their communities appropriately especially when survivors have gotten the courage to report”. The executive secretary stressed that the doctors, who would be serving as responders through their services in the medical facilities would be required “to pass the right information which would be critical in survivor’s way to justice”. According to her, part of their assignment would be to debrief victims, provide psycho-social support and others as well as information about the relevant actions that could be activated for survivors in the state. “So, what we will be having in Lagos will be medical experts serving as mandated reporters especially when it comes to children that have been sexually abused in the society. “They also have the duty to inform the survivor of their right and different basic support available for them to access justice, what to expect.“So the doctors, aside from providing clinical support for survivors, play a very critical role in ensuring that the survivors are comfortable enough and are able to speak their truth as well as be firm on their way to justice”.

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DSVA Continues Enforcement of Safeguarding And Child Protection Policy In Schools

The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency has continued to reitirate its commitment to protecting children against any form of abuse. As a result, DSVA in collaboration with the Office of Education Quality Assurance has continued to engage Administrators and Heads of Schools in all Education Districts on the Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. Speaking at the sensitization programme, the Executive Secretary, Mrs Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi said the programme was pertinent for teachers and heads of schools to enable them understand the rights of a child and the policy that protects them as the school is the second home of a child where they spend a significant part of their lives. She added that for our schools and society to be free and safe from all manner of abuse and dastardly acts, people need to be active bystanders. The one-day sensitization programme which was held in batches on the 23rd, 24th and 26th of May, 2022 at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja saw Child Protection Experts like; Mr. Taiwo Akinlami, Founder, Taiwo Akinlami Academy, the Director- General of Office of Education Quality Assurance; Mrs. Abiola Seriki- Ayeni and Mrs. Modupeola Sahid-Adebambo, Founder Safe Haven enlightening stakeholders on the safeguarding and child protection policy of the Lagos state government. In attendance were a total of 680 primary and secondary government and private schools drawn from education districts  2 and 3in the state. DSVA has continued to call on anyone experiencing any form of abuse to speak up and call its toll free line 08000-333-333.

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