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Lagos state steps up the game on child protection

The Lagos State government has begun the implementation of the Child Protection Policy, a government official has said.

Titilola Vivour-Adeniyi, Coordinator of Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Team (DSVRT), an agency under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice, revealed this while addressing over 1,000 participants during the annual general meeting and intervention programme hosted by the Office of Education Quality Assurance.

Speaking on the importance of the policy, she said the need for the landmark engagement was crucial considering the fact that schools have resumed and there was need for key stakeholders such as principals, school administrators, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), public and private school guidance counsellors, evaluators and others, to become conversant with and abreast of the provisions of the policy.

“The major aim of the policy is to provide clear direction for reporting disclosures of abuse and commitment to the development of good practice and sound procedures to keep children safe.

“The policy also ensures that child protection concerns are identified, referrals are handled sensitively, professionally and in ways that support the needs of the child’s wellbeing,” she added.

The Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy was ratified by the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on December 16, 2016.

The policy applies to all State Government organisations, schools, child centred institutions, orphanages and child related institutions located in the State, both public and private, and is aimed at highlighting the importance and priority the State Government places towards protecting the lives of children.

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