officers and probation officers from Barbados and across the Eastern Caribbean
have shared best practice and learnt new skills at a recent conference
sponsored by the British High Commission Consular Section. The conference – entitled Building Bridges
through Outreach & Training: Enhancing the professional knowledge and
skills of child protection officers – aimed to improve coordinated approaches
to child safeguarding. It took place at
the Accra Beach Resort earlier this week.
The conference was facilitated by the UK NGO Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB), which specialises in social work cases with an international element. Also attending were UK Government consular officials from London and the region.
The genesis of the
conference was a desire by directors of child protection agencies in the region
to improve and strengthen capacity and to identify deficiencies which impede
effective service delivery. Topics
covered included Best Evidence Interviewing, how to conduct Home Visits and
Assessments and how to produce reports for international agencies.
Janet Douglas, British
High Commissioner, said: “Enhancing the skills of those who work in the area of
child protection is of the utmost importance.
We are so pleased that Children and Families across Borders has been
able to share international best practice with the region.”