The Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (GSCPCR) launched the two-day Training on Trauma Informed Care for the Child Protection System with the aim to bolster the ecosystem that will provide psychosocial support to child victims of abuse and other crimes on August 18, 2023, at Jesuit House, Panjim.
The training will continue today, August 19, 2023, as well.
Fifty stakeholders from the child protection system, ie police, NGOs, child welfare committee and juvenile justice board are attending this training, which was inaugurated by Inspector General of Police Omvir Singh.
Peter F Borges, Chairperson of the GSCPCR, speaking at the launch said, “The need to address trauma is an important component of effective service delivery in the child protection system. The impact of trauma is experienced by children, families, caregivers and the social service providers who serve them.”
Peter F Borges, Chairperson of Goa SCPCR
“Hence, the commission desires to develop a cadre and expertise for the child protection system to offer trauma informed care to child victims of crimes in Goa,” he added.
Peter F Borges also pointed out that most caregivers at institutions have not been formally trained to respond to trauma symptoms such as anxiety, panic, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc, in a victim.
How the trauma symptoms may affect the caregivers must be considered and dealt with, as this can bring obstacles in the caregiver’s ability to provide effective responses and care to the victims.
The highlight of this training is its ability to build the capacities of caregivers that work with children experiencing trauma.
It will give an understanding to the caregivers and all staff who interact with the survivors on the basics of trauma, its symptoms and coping with these symptoms. It will also give them the skills and know-how to address these symptoms with the care and responses required.