Protecting children from violence and exploitation is a central topic for NGOs - also for us in Kindernothilfe. But can you learn child protection? We spoke with Ysrael Diloy. Since 2012, he has been a regional child protection trainer for our Asian project partners and has a lot of experience in making organisations fit for child protection. Sophie Rutter from the press office spoke to him.
I graduated in community development and then went into government youth work, and after a few years, I joined an NGO called Stairway Foundation in the Philippines, to which I still work today with as a Senior Advocacy Officer. Stairway Foundation is a partner of Kindernothilfe. I have also been a regional child protection trainer for Asia since 2012 for KNH. This means, for example, that I train the KNH partners in Asia on child protection, together with a national trainer, and also develop new training programmes together with the responsible colleagues from Africa and Latin America.
There are a total of three different training units, each lasting several days. We start with the development of a child protection policy which - adapted to each individual organisation - introduces binding child protection rules for all areas of work. All employees must adhere to these rules. This is the only way to ensure that child protection is really firmly anchored in the respective organisation. In a second step, we deal with the implementation of the child protection systems and programmes developed. The aim of this training is to evaluate and adapt the content of an organisation's work concerning child protection. The last training unit consists of the evaluation of the measures implemented by the individual organisations: What successes and challenges were there, and how can we learn from these experiences? This touches, for example, on the topic of social media concepts in the online sector.
Most organisations had a child protection policy before, but some of it was simply copied from the Internet. After the training, the participants are able to develop their own child protection concept and, of course, adapt it to their local circumstances and implement it in their working environment. Through the training, the participants also realised the importance of creating a culture and environment in which children and their rights are respected.
Participation plays a significant role in our training. The training should not only help to make child protection a natural part of daily work, but they should also actively involve children and young people in the development and implementation of the child protection concept.
You mentioned that you develop training programmes together with your colleagues from Africa and Latin America. Which programmes are you currently working on?
We are continually developing new training courses. At the moment, we are working on special training to protect the rights of children with disabilities. Another training programme deals with Cyber Safety, which is, of course, a crucial issue nowadays.
I take the Internet and its safe use very seriously, which is why I have been dealing with the topic of Cyber Safety since 2007. In order to make children aware of the dangers and give them instructions for more safety on the Internet, we use e-learning programmes especially for children, for example in the area of content sharing, safe online interaction or online bullying. We also want to strike the right balance: children should be able to use the Internet safely and well and still enjoy it. Also, the parents' perspective is essential to us: mothers and fathers should recognise that the Internet does not only bring disadvantages and dangers. Instead, it can also offer great personal added value - provided it is used safely.
In any case! Children need protection not only in face-to-face communication with adults but also in the confusing world of the Internet. Drawing attention to this is an essential part of our training courses.