UNICEF to train social workers on assisting children

Mr Nicholas Coppel, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, (left), and Mr Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar, exchange notes of agreement on child protection programmes.—By Khaing Thanda Lwin
Mr Nicholas Coppel, Australian Ambassador to Myanmar, (left), and Mr Bertrand Bainvel, UNICEF Representative to Myanmar, exchange notes of agreement on child protection programmes.—By Khaing Thanda Lwin

Yangon, 12 March—UNICEF Myanmar will provide training on assisting children to social work case managers from the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, the United Nations agency said Tuesday.
UNICEF Representative to Myanmar,
Mr Bertrand Bainvel, said the programme starting this year is aimed at providing better case management services to child victims, mostly from Rakhine, Kachin and Shan states.
More than 80 case managers in 27 townships across the country will attend the courses covering topics including child labour and trafficking.
The programme is funded by the Australian government, which on Tuesday signed a AUD2.5 million agreement with UNICEF Myanmar to support its childcare and protection works.
The UN official said, “The funds will be distributed across three key areas of work—childcare and protection, justice for children and protection of children in emergencies and armed conflicts.”
Under the agreement, the UN agency will also offer refresher training on child rights to around 150 judges this year, as well as psychosocial support for children
Australia has been a major UNICEF partner since 2005.—GNLM

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