The Street Children empowerment Foundation (SCEF) has launched its maiden edition of Impactprenuership Academy aimed at empowering individuals and groups concerning issues of domestic abuse, child rights and community health.
The launch which, took place at the SCEF conference room witnessed presentations from the UK Head of Equalities for Prisons and Probation; Tanya Robinson OBE, Executive Director of SCEF; Paul Semeh, Nurse Practitioner/ Pediatric Nurse Educator; Veronica Segbedzie, and the Head of Social Welfare for Ashiedu Keteke Sub Metro; Joyce Kulevo. The workshop was also graced with 30 participants from the educational sector, health sector, media persons, traditional and community leaders as well as social workers.
The workshop provided a pool of knowledge on Domestic Violence, Child Protection and Safeguarding, and Community Health to both participants and facilitators as a result of its interactive nature.
Madam OBE, presenting on Domestic Violence emphasized that domestic violence can take the form of physical, psychological, emotional, financial and sexual which can be experienced by women and men alike. Participants were made to understand that domestic violence is cyclical beginning from tension building, escalating to violence and ending with the honeymoon. Abusers adopt tactics such as intimidation, coercing, threats, denying and blaming to take control and power over the abused. However, children tend to suffer the most in an abusive relationship.
Presenting on Child Protection and Safeguarding, Mr. Semeh explained that abuse is not only limited to adults but also children do go through all the various forms of abuse almost everywhere in our community be it schools or homes. Hence, participants should pay critical attention to acts of abuse and seek to protect children and promote their welfare.
Madam Kulevo also took participants through the various laws, policies, and provisions stipulated by the Government of Ghana to protect and promote the welfare of children. Great emphasis was made on the importance of the police and social welfare concerning issues of abuse on both children and adults.
Madam Segbedzie accentuated on community health, explaining the health effects domestic violence has on individuals. She further took participants through a series of mental health and illness issues including intellectual disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Behavioral Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Mood Disorder.
Certificates were awarded to participants and all stakeholders were urged to become advocates on issues of domestic abuse, child rights, and community health.