New parenting manual to aid children’s development

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In another important step to better aid the development of children across the country, the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security through the Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA), launched a special parenting programme facilitators’ manual on July 27, 2022.

The trainer of trainers will target anyone who wants to be trained, we are working with volunteers and our own officers and people in the communities.

Parents will be exposed to knowledge of child development and non-violent methods of discipline and assistance to overcome personal dysfunction that are affecting their parenting role.

The programme also aids in the process of de-institutionalization of children and unnecessary separation of children from their parents.

Speaking on the importance of this manual, Minister of Human Services and Social Security, Dr. Vindhya Persaud expressed her optimism of the manual complimenting other initiatives of the Ministry.

“The special parenting manual is an excellent investment by the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security. It was complied within the Childcare and Protection Agency with support from other agencies and spearheaded by former Director, Ann Greene and Senior Probation and Social Services Officer, Sherri-Ann Vandeyar-Franchois.

I am very happy this manual could be launched right now because the ‘Every Child Safe’ campaign could be rolled out across the country and this is an important component where we would be focusing on the parents and helping to navigate the challenges of parenting,” Minister Persaud said.

Minister added, “Before working with parents, there would be a massive training of trainers’ exercise so that all communities across the country would be able to help the Ministry of Human Services to roll out the parenting manual. I look forward for persons coming on board, wanting to work with us as trainers and I look forward to a time when parents can breathe a sigh of relief because there is that kind of support that will help them deal with all kinds of situations that can be considered modern in the sense of difficulties and challenges, so it is that kind of comprehensive manual.”

CPA’s Assistant Director, Levine Gouveia noted that this parenting manual launched is one that is needed and awareness is paramount as it looks to create a holistic environment that caters for their social and emotional development.

“There is a generation gap between the parents, grandparents, caregivers and children. Hence there is the need to bridge those gaps through parenting. This training will help parents to improve parenting skills since the way those adults were raised will be the very way they raise their children,” Gouveia said.

The Deputy Director related, sessions will be held at the community level to help eradicate child abuse and help family unit to function better.

Vandeyar-Francois commented, “CPA has recognized that parenting training is essential for parents since family disfunction continues to be high, creating serious vulnerability for children that warrants their separation from the family.

The parenting training programme is a preventative one which aims at providing capacity building for couples or single parents to improve their social functioning and parenting skills to enable them to provide effective care for their children.” (Ministry of Human Services and Social Security press release)

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