“I got excited and wanted to do it all over again. I washed my hands, I painted & had a great time.”
Accessing Child Protection services is a challenge for many children and adolescents in the most vulnerable communities in Venezuela.
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Accessing professional support from lawyers, social workers, and psychologists is often difficult for someone living in a vulnerable community; Therefore, so that children and adolescents have psychosocial support, comprehensive protection services, and recreational spaces in which they receive information and training on issues such as handwashing and nutrition, UNICEF Venezuela, together with its allies, organizes care sessions integral in vulnerable communities such as Casa Urquía, Libertador municipality, in Caracas.
The first point of attention is in charge of social workers, who take the data of the families and make sure that each child and adolescent has a birth record.
“I found out on WhatsApp, and I decided to come because it seemed interesting to me. I liked the talk they gave us. I stopped by the social workers, got dewormed, and then they gave us a talk about preventing pregnancy. I liked what they said, I hadn't heard it before. " Dayana Villarroel, 14 years old.
“I got excited and wanted to do it all over again. I washed my hands, I painted, I liked drawing pictures, I played games and I had a great time. They also spoke to me about rights, and my favorite right is the right to love. " Ronald, 6 years old.
Mothers, fathers, and caregivers receive legal attention and an explanation about the rights of children and adolescents and their role in guaranteeing them.
"I came to have fun, I played, I painted, I washed my hands." They asked me how I was doing. I would like to go back because I had a lot of fun. " Wenderly Plascencia, 8 years old.
Through conversations and activities with children and adolescents, it is possible to identify cases of rights violations, including Gender-Based Violence, and refer them safely to the authorities of the Protection system.
“The talk was what I liked the most. I would invite a lot of people to come. I would tell them that I want them to come and learn. I really liked this because I miss my school and this reminded me of it, being with people who teach and guide us. " Dayana Villarroel, 14 years old.
During 2020, more than 400,000 children, adolescents, and their families received psychosocial support services, in Venezuela thanks to the support of UNICEF.