Enhancing care and support for children affected by maltreatment and violence

21 August 2023
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UNICEF Iran

Children exposed to maltreatment and violence will receive improved care and support. This includes enhanced approaches to early identification, provision of comprehensive intervention, mitigation of the negative consequences of child maltreatment and prevention of its recurrence. To achieve this goal, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Medical Education (MOHME), organised a training workshop for a group of social workers and master trainers from provincial medical centres across the country.

Funded by the EU, this capacity-building initiative was held on 9 and 10 August 2023 in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan. It is aimed at creating a team of national supervisors and master trainers equipped with technical expertise and facilitation skills. Their tasks are twofold: to provide optimal care and social support to children who have faced maltreatment and to extend the knowledge of health care providers through cascade training at the provincial level.

Child maltreatment is thought to be pervasive yet often concealed. Reporting rates remain low among child victims. Health professionals and social workers in medical centres and hospitals are uniquely positioned to identify and support these young survivors with the necessary knowledge and tools.

Furthermore, due to the multidimensional nature of child maltreatment and the need for comprehensive responses across sectors, social workers in medical settings play a crucial role in coordinating and facilitating integrated health and social services. They equip other health professionals, professionals from other social sectors, children and their families with the skills to prevent, identify, and respond to child maltreatment.

In addition to the training workshop, this capacity-building initiative includes a six-month on-the-job training and supervision period. Upon completion of this activity, MoHME will scale up the programme nationwide.

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