regional social welfare officer in Basse, Kebba Jatta, has said that his office
was committed to promoting children rights in the region, noting that the
establishment of community child protection committees has greatly enhanced the
promotion of child rights in the region.
Kebba Jatta made this disclosure in an exclusive interview recently at the regional office in Basse.
Mr Jatta said the essence of Community Child Protection Committees (CCPC) is to break the silence of culture in most communities so as to make community members take ownership of their children in ensuring that their children rights and welfare are promoted.
He further said the CCPC reports cases to Social Welfare and other relevant actors like the Immigration, Education, Children’s court amongst others.
He revealed that the regional social welfare office is currently engaged in school outreach programme, sensitisation on child rights and child protection issues.
“Issues like teenage pregnancy, early child marriage, child sexual abuse, child exploitation, psycho-social counseling are dealt with,” he said.
He explained that when there are reported cases in terms of child sexual abuses, the victim requires psycho-social counseling to recover from whatever stress they have been through.
Mr Jatta said the regional social welfare office is working hand in gloves with child protection actors and the government in the sharing of information with the communities.
He thanked the UNICEF country office for the unflinching support they have been giving to the region, noting that lap tops, furniture, motorbikes and computers were provided to facilitate their day to day operations.
Mr Jatta, however, lamented the fact that lack of vehicle still hinders their operations in the region, adding that the availability of vehicle would help the office to meet the demands and aspirations of the people, particularly the children on the move.