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Social workers train to handle child offenders

by Dan B. Codamon

Lagawe, Ifugao (20 June) -- Social workers from the different municipalities of this province were given training to handle cases involving juvenile delinquents or children in conflict with the law (CICL).

The 15 social workers attended the five-day training to equip them with the knowledge and skills in providing assistance to these children as mandated by Republic Act 9344 or the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act and the Anti-Child Abuse Law or Republic Act 7610.

With the increasing trend of child abuse cases and juvenile offenders, there is a need to assist these children who are below 18 years old and vulnerable to and at the risk of committing criminal offenses because of personal, family and social circumstances said Virginia Kimmayong, project in charge for CICL in Ifugao.

CICL are those alleged to, accused of or adjudged as or having committed and offense under Philippine Laws, she explained.

Topics during the training include the Moral Development of Children, Diversion Program: Its Process and Procedure, Case Management Process and Preparation of Case Studies for CICL and Conflict Resolution and Mediation.

With the training, the participants are expected to provide children at risk or child offenders with temporary custody, treatment, diversion and intervention activities to enable them to improve their social functioning with the goal of reintegrating them to their families and communities.

They should also be able to gain insight into their behavior and attitude, redirect behavior and attitude into a more productive and constructive one and provide them opportunity to acquire social and occupational skills to improve their self-image. (PIA Ifugao) [top]

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