Safeguarding and child protection

Lagos Engage 200 Schools,  Visits 90, As Monitoring & Assessment Begins In Education Districts 1- 6.  

The Lagos State Government through the Joint Task Force  on Implementation of the Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection has commenced monitoring and assessment across the Six Education Districts in the State.  The members of the Joint Task Force  comprise top level representatives of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Education,   Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Lagos State Safety Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board, Child Protection Network and Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency. According to the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, Mrs. Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, the monitoring exercise which began on the 31st of October at the Lagos City College, Sabo-Yaba has so far engaged over 200 schools in Education Districts 4 and 5, whilst over 90 schools have been visited to ascertain and measure  compliance in these districts.  On the spot assessments were conducted at the schools to confirm the practical implementation of the policy and identify strengths and areas for improvement. Whilst speaking at the engagement, representative of the Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mr. Kamaldeen Akodu elaborated on the need for schools to put precautionary measures in place to ensure a safe learning environment. Similarly, representative of the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Jubril Yakub informed school Administrators of the essence of the exercise, highlighting the fact that it is not punitive in nature rather corrective. He further explained the reporting procedures to be adopted in schools. Representative of the Lagos State Safety Commission, Mrs. Ajoke Oshokoya emphasized on the importance of having safety measures in schools. According to her, certain security measures such as having security personnel, safety equipments, conducting safety training, well maintained facilities for a hazard free environment,  are expected to be put in place to ensure the general well-being and security of students, staff and visitors. It would be recalled that the State Government in December, 2016 ratified the Executive Order (NO.E0/AA08 of 2016) establishing the Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy. The policy is to be mandatorily adopted by all child-centred institutions to ensure that the rights of children in their care are safeguarded and adequately protected even as clear-cut protocols for handling reports and disclosures of abuse are clearly defined. The ultimate aim of the monitoring exercise is to ascertain the level of adoption and implementation of the Executive Order across all Six Education Districts in Lagos State. ADEJOKE LADENEGAN -OGINNI Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency 12/11/2023

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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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Lagos enforces Safeguarding and Child Protection Policies in Schools

The Lagos State Government under the aegis of the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency and the Office of Education Quality Assurance has commenced implementation of the State’s Safeguarding and Child Protection Programme in schools The one-day sensitization program, held on the Monday  at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa was aimed at educating principals, heads of schools and school administrators on the Safeguarding and Child Protection policy of the State Government The program was facilitated by  erudite child protection experts which includes the Director-General , Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mrs. Abiola Seriki-Ayeni, Mr.Taiwo Akinlami and Mrs. Modupeola Saheed Adebambo Delivering the welcome address, the Executive Secretary of Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency(DSVA),Mrs. Titilola Vivour Adeniyi underscored the fact that whilst most child abuse occur within families and communities, children also experience abuse and exploitation in organisations that provide them with support and services. She added that research has shown that physical, emotional abuse and neglect in child focused organisations and institutions are less systematic and usually unplanned, as it stems from poor conditions, bad work practices and negligent management. Vivour-Adeniyi stressed that it is mandatory for all child centred institutions to adopt and ensure full implementation of a Safeguarding and Child Protection policy. On her part,the Director-General ,Education Quality Assurance,Mrs. Abiola Seriki- Ayeni, highlighted the need for schools to recognize the role they play in ensuring  the wellbeing and safety of children, especially as children spend a significant time of their day in school. The Director-General urged participants to take advantage of  the free online course “Introduction of Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy” which over 10 000 educators have successfully completed, encouraging those who haven’t taken the course to do so. Mrs. Adebambo provided an overview of the Executive Order on Safeguarding and Child Protection programme, whilst emphasizing critical measures schools should take in ensuring the safety of their students, some of which includes,safer recruitment procedures, adopting a safeguarding policy, having a designated safeguarding officer and establishing reporting, recording and feedback mechanisms. Mr. Taiwo Akinlami gave an insight into what child’s rights entails,societal and cultural perceptions of children as well as norms and beliefs that encourage child abuse. The issue of corporal punishment was also discussed, even as participants were reminded of the State Government’s No-Caning policy. A total of 400 primary and secondary schools, drawn from both public and private schools in Education District 6 were in attendance .Participants were given the relevant tools required in ensuring they are able to effectively establish and implement Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in their institutions. The program is to be implemented in all education districts, thereby reiterating Mr. Governor Sanwo-Olu’s Administration’s commitment in ensuring the safety and protection of all children in Schools.

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The Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team organisés it’s maiden Safeguarding & Child Protection day on the 21st of September, 2021.

A total of 300 primary and secondary school children from public and private schools drawn from all the six education districts in Lagos attended the workshop. The governor’s wife was represented by Mrs Mojisola Fashola, the Director of Administration and Human Resources of the Office of the Lagos State Deputy-Governor’s Office. “Parents, it is not early to start educating your children on what they need to know about sex. Experts have established that a lot of parents shy away from discussing the topic and at the end of the day, the children go out to learn the wrong things. “We therefore must keep in touch with the world by properly educating our children on everything that matters,” she said. Children were engaged on their rights, responsibilities , different forms of child abuse, different steps to take to report abuse, etc. It was also an opportunity for students to demonstrate what Child protection means to them through various artistic performances- drama, poetry, music etc. We also launched our animation video – STRAC kids which encapsulates Safeguarding and Child Protection. Students received various information education and communication materials. It wasn’t indeed a day to remember We thank our partners, Joint EU Funded Spotlight initiative , UNFPA, Fanmilk and belloxxi Buscuits. Indeed, children have a role to play in their protection. It is there OFR of utmost importance that they are empowered accordingly.

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