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An Intern's Perspective - Children At Risk Training

BY KENZIE ROBERTS | 25 MARCH 2017

The National Children at Risk Training (NCART) is a training curriculum that the Global Alms team has been delivering since 2015, after Mechelle (CEO) and Ruth (Director of Training) received their International Accredited Trainer qualifications. It was developed by Janette Pepall, a Key Note and Plenary speaker with experience in Social Welfare, Anthropology, Training and Assessment and has been a case worker and a manager in adoptions, foster care, small group homes and institutions, child protection and counseling.

The NCART training provides those who take care of children with relevant strategies and information necessary to take care of the children that they have been put in charge of, in children’s homes, foster care, and any at-risk situation.

 “The overall aim of the training is to develop and support child caregivers and others actively engaged with children, including caregivers in institutions, foster and small group home parents.” - Janette Pepall

It is all about how to provide best care practice for working with children at risk, and uses the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) as the foundational principles. The CRC is a treaty of human rights for children’s civic, economic, political, health, social, and cultural rights. The nations that ratify the convention are bound by international law and monitored by the United Nations. Although the CRC is a widely known treaty, and most countries have ratified it, many child caregivers and leaders of organisations still struggle to find practical strategies that would assist them with their day-to-day responsibilities.

Attending this training has been especially helpful for the participants in regards to understanding the complex needs of children (especially those who have been through traumatic situations); and how this links to their behaviour and understanding of themselves. The GAI team believes that the best way to do this is to provide a safe training space for caregivers and leaders to come together and take the time to closely examine their attitudes, responses, and behaviours towards the issues that they would face on a daily basis. It also means that whatever background they may have, or educational level, these workshops can still meet their needs; and even encourage a stronger level of understanding and networking.

The training is important because the lack of knowledge of a child’s development, both physically and emotionally, can cause damage to a child’s self-esteem or health. The caregivers may not always know how to deal with a child who has been abused, and how the child develops emotionally. This could eventually cause more harm . The NCART can be extremely valuable for every member of staff that deals and interacts with children, at-risk or not. Participants learn everything from the emotional and physical developmental needs of a child, as well as how to support and help children within various models of care.

 "This course is a must for people working with children at risk. You learn so much about children and how to ensure that they have opportunities to make changes in their lives. The course will challenge the way that you work with children and what changes you can make to make children's lives better and more fulfilling." - Colleen Stace

By Kenzie Roberts

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Media Relations | Global Alms Incorporated  
info@globalalms.com

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