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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