Background

Ever since the initial request for support came from Manipur, India, in 1991, and the subsequent establishment of OHFI in 2000, the provision of child care and protection training has been a major focus of OHFI’s work with its overseas partners.

In a number of countries where OHFI provides support, many children are being cared for within their extended families (kinship care) or sometimes foster families, due to the death of parents, abandonment or the inability of parents to be meet the needs of their children.

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Philosophy

OHFI strongly believes that training individuals within their own communities is the most effective way of strengthening and empowering people to:

– Care for and protect their children.
– Builds on the individual’s knowledge and skills in caring for children enabling them to take responsibility for their own lives.
– Build networks which in turn, provide local support.

Target Groups

The care and protection training material is targeted at people providing foster/kinship care to children, as well as people involved with the care and well being of children, eg social workers, teachers, school principals, church leaders, community leaders, health care workers, volunteers in welfare agencies.

The training is also aimed at potential trainers, so that partner countries will have their own local people capable of presenting the training and providing follow up support.

Our Trainers

Our trainers are social workers and educators with wide experience in child development and the care and protection of children.

They have also had considerable experience in developing training packages and running training programmes with a variety of cultures.

Training Material

Support from the Open Home Foundation New Zealand(OHFNZ), and material from their foster parent/kinship care manuals, has been invaluable in formulating the care and protection of children training material for our overseas partners.

The training material is:

Based on well researched principles which have international acceptance and application

Drawn from the extensive knowledge and experience of social workers involved in the care and protection of children.

A memorandum of understanding between the OHFI and OHFNZ allows OHFI to remain up to date with training material based on the latest research and practice methods relating to the care and protection of children.

The training material is divided into 4 main modules which include the following topics:

– OHFI’s vision, principles and motto
– The Ecological Model which supports the OHFI motto “It takes a village to raise a child”
– Brain development and its implications
– Children’s physical and emotional needs, including the hierarchy of needs, unconditional love, discipline versus punishment
– Loss and grief and understanding the impact of trauma on children’s lives
– Child abuse and neglect, the signs and symptoms, safety plans
– The helping process, which includes a six step approach to intervention with a child and its family

Testimonials

Kati, Romania:

Last week I met a social worker from an organisation I did training for last year. She told me with joy how useful this model (WWW) was for her, and they are still using it. It is a big help in helping families sort out their problems.

Course Participant, Rwanda

Last night I gave my daughter choices around her behaviour like we learnt in the training yesterday and it worked.


Download our training manuals

We would welcome feedback on the usefulness of the material.