ZAMBIA ASSOCIATION OF CHILD CARE WORKERS PROFILE
The Zambia Association of Child Care Workers is an Association of Child Care professional whose aim is to promote Child Welfare through quality service provision in Zambia. The association was founded in 2005, inspired by the Minimum Standards of Care initiated by the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services through the Child Care Upgrading Program (CCUP). The formation of the Association was premised on the understanding that the implementation of the Minimum Standards can only be fully realized by providing appropriate skills to child care-givers in Zambia.
Some people have taken advantage of the situation by taking up child care work merely for monetary purposes. This has deprived children of their right to quality care services and highlights the need for standardization of quality care for children and ensures that children remain within the family circle. For over a decade now, the majority of people working in the area of Orphans and Vulnerable Children have been working without specific professional training in Child Care. Until recently, there has been no specific training for Child and Youth care workers in Zambia. ZACCW with TEVETA have developed a curriculum for the child and youth care workers.
The ability to make interventions and commitment of the service providers and communities for family preservation and restoration including the promotion of children’s Rights is crucial for successful implementation of community-based interventions in child rights programming. Training of Child care workers will help to remove the constraints that might hinder the effective delivery of services to orphans and other vulnerable children. Capacity building of Child Care Workers in Psycho-social support skills, Child Counseling, Basic Qualification in Child and Youth Care work, HIV/AIDS. Child participation Advocacy and Project Management would promote and protect the welfare of children .The successful implementation of the trainings will be the result of effective utilization of the acquired skills and information.
ZACCW focuses on the capacities of individual child care practitioners as opposed to organizations and aims at enhancing the quality of child care through capacity building of child care providers, advocacy research and awareness rising.
The training helps to remove the constraints that might hinder the effective delivery of services to orphans and other vulnerable children. Capacity building of Child Care Workers in Psycho-social support skills, Child Counseling, Basic Qualification in Child and Youth Care work, HIV/AIDS. Child participation, Trauma and Stress Management, Advocacy and Project Management which promotes and protects the welfare of children.
ZACCW CORE VALUES
ZACCW operates according to the following core values:
Professionalism and Excellence ZACCW is committed to the promotion of quality childcare service provision through the introduction and exercise of professionalism in the child care sector. Professionalism, pursued together with excellence result in an organization that consistently delivers superior performance, achieves impact and retains the confidence of all its stakeholders.
Child Centeredness All programming will be child centered to maximize the benefit to the children. This will ensure that quality of care to children remain the main purpose for the existence of ZACCW.
Orientation ZACCW’s learning orientation describes an ongoing participatory process for the acquisition of knowledge and empowerment. This process enables people to achieve their potential and objectives, and leads to creativity and reflective practice.
Participation: In its fullest sense, participation means that ZACCW recognizes the perspectives and positions of all those within and outside of the organization who are involved in child care service provision and seeks their involvement through networking and consultations with various stakeholders.
Accountability: Accountability is defined as the effective and honest management of resources entrusted to ZACCW to ensure the realization of intended objectives.
Integrity: Integrity is a value that embodies honesty, openness and truthfulness, and which instills confidence and trust in the organization at all levels (beneficiaries, government, donors and staff).
VISION AND MISSION
All Children receiving quality care in an environment conducive for child development. ZACCW will be a well coordinated multi-disciplinary professional body promoting Standard Child Care services in a variety of settings
We are a child and youth care professional body coordinating and promoting quality standards in youth and child care through capacity building and advocacy
• To promote the optimum care and development of children and youth who by force of circumstances grow up in environments, which place their physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual development at risk.
• To support and encourage efforts to eradicate factors which create or contribute to the hardships and suffering of children and youth.
• To work towards professional standards, both for institutions and organizations in the field of child and youth care and for Child and youth Care Professionals in respect of their knowledge and skills, their recognition, material circumstances and conditions of service.
• To uphold and protect the rights of all the children as outlined in the United Nation Convention and other International instruments.
• To maintain liaison with all relevant bodies in the matter of training for Child and Youth Care Professionals, and where necessary to provide additional opportunities for training.
ACTIVETIES AND ACHIEVEMENTS
The Association has carried training for its trainers and 19 trainers have been trained and have continued to provide training to others. There are 5 master trainers in Basic Qualification in Child and Youth Care Work who are responsible of training of other trainers and continue to provide oversight supervision of these trainings. The Association has carried out the following trainings
Basic Qualification in Child and Youth Care Work (BQCC)
This is a professional training that the Government has recognized as part of the Minimum Standards of Child Care. The government was part and parcel of initiating this training in Order to standardize the service provision to children in Child Care Sector. It is the training that all those working with children must aquire.This training promotes child welfare issues and that the training come with the CODE OF ETHICS and PRINCIPLE OF CHILD AND YOUTH CARE.
The training focuses on child development including there families. It is Child and Family Centered. Issues of early childhood development and children’s Rights are also addressed in this training. The training also focuses on family preservation and restoration. In this training the Minimum Standards of child care for the facilities are made aware to the participants as they form part of the requirements of government in the provision of professional Child Care Services.
Since its inception in 2004, 1,850 Child and Youth Care Workers have been trained. The demand for this training is country wide because it is part and parcel of the government Minimum Standards of Child Care. These Child Care Workers are from various NGOs, C.B.Os, and F.B.Os and government department such as Department of Social welfare, Victim Support Unit a Police wing that deals with issues of children and their families, Drug Enforcement Commission and some teachers from the Ministry of Education.
PYSCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT: The association has trained 300 participants from different organizations including those under the department of Social welfare, Victim Support Unit and Churches. The training here encourages service providers to ensure that their interventions are directed at children and their families and encourages permanency planning and sustainability.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT: 125 Africa Kidsafe partners have been trained so far.
ADVOCACY; 150 Africa Kidsafe partners have been trained so as to equip them to carry out effective and efficient advocacy. This area need to strengthen as it is the vehicle for Policy change that will promote children welfare. Our observation is that most of the people that work with children do not have this skill so as to ensure that government creates a better environment that promotes child and family development.
CHILD PARTCIPATION: The Association has trained again 125 participants from different child care Facilities.
ESTABLISHEMENT OF AN ORGANISATION
An organization called Lupwa lwa Bumi which means family for life had been established and doing work. They are working with 5,850 Children whom they are reaching out with different services.
AWARENESS RISING AND MINIMUM STANDARDS OF CHILD CARE
During our trainings, we not only train participants but use that training to raise awareness to the participants on different issues that affects children such as Child Abuse.HIV/AIDS, Child trafficking. Legislation that affects children, the effects of neglect and children being on the street. On the Minimum Standards of Child Care, we assist organizations in developing their organizational implementation manuals and make them aware of the requirements and the content of the Minimum Standards of child care.
The Minimum Standards of child Care are meant to promote standardization and quality professional service provisions to the children enhances the upholding of children’s Rights. So far in partnership with the department of Social welfare, we have trained 180 trainers of trainers in Minimum Standards of child care and 120 participants from 60 organizations have been assisted in the development of their organizational implementation manuals for their organization.
The Association has been part and parcel of the development of these Minimum Standards of Child Care .We have been working together with government in the finalization of the Document for Cabinet Approval.
RESEARCH AND INFORMATION DESSEMINATION
The Association has been involved in the research regarding the children living and on the street. The Department of Social welfare engaged the Association in carrying out the lead research that was funded by UNICEF.This research was to verify the baseline survey that was under taken in 2006.The Association conducted this rapid research in 13 districts. We have also on behalf of government in Particular the department of Social assisted them with the facilitation of development of District annual plans in the 13 districts so that they could put in place interventions on working with children living and on the street.
The Zambia Association of child care chairs the Lusaka District Children’s Committee .This Committee is responsible for the co-ordination and planning of children on the street interventions.
ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE GUIDELINES
The Association in Partnership with Adptionscentrum has been instrumental in facilitating the Adoption Guidelines for the department of Social Welfare. These guidelines will are being used for administration of the Adoption in Zambia. The Association also participated in the formulation of the Foster Care Guideline for the Department Social Welfares as to improve service provision to children in need of Care.
Establishment of ZACCW Provincial Chapters.
The Association has managed to establish 4 provincial chapters. The purpose of establishing these chapters is continue promoting the work of the Association, raise awareness on children issues, organize and conducts trainings, carry out advocacy activities, Conduct professional meeting on different topics affecting child as way of skill building of Child and Youth Care Workers.
DEVELOPMENT OF TRAINING MATERIALS
One of the roles of the Association is to continue to develop training materials for the child and youth Care Work in Zambia. We have developed a new curriculum in Partnership with TEVETA a government department responsible of trainings in the country. We are now in the process of developing training manuals and the students’ notes. This to ensure that children are receiving quality professional services from well qualified child and youth care workers.
ISIBINDI SAFE PARK PROGRAMME.
In partnership with National Association of Child care of South Africa (NACCW), The ZACCW is piloting a Isibindi projects. The project contributes to the alleviation of poverty through building a skilled, remunerated workforce of child and youth care workers. Additional elements to the core Isibindi model include the Safe Park model where OVC are provided with developmental opportunities and psychosocial care within the context of a safe play environment; the Disability Model where disabled OVC are assessed and referred for services and caregivers and child and youth care workers are coached on appropriate care and stimulation protocols; and the Young Women’s Empowerment Program where girls heading households are provided with a development program and skills development opportunities within their communities. A total number of 1, 110 children have so far benefited from the 3 safe Parks that have been piloted in Lusaka.
As a result of the Minimum Standards of Child Care which requires that all working children have the Basic Qualification in Child and Youth care Work, More people are now requesting for this training though out the country. We do not have enough funding to meet the requirements.
Most of the policies on children need to revisited to conform to the present situation and this demands that we need to continue Advocating for the changes in the policies. More Advocates need to be trained and provided with the resources of carrying out Advocacy activities.
There more cases of child Abuse, defilment child labor taking place in this country, the Fight in raising awareness will reduce the children being abuse. This also in tells that Children Rights are being violated.
The Child and Youth care Workers have had no forum where they could share there experiences and information on Children and enhance good practices and documentation.
The Co-ordination of the Child and Youth care Workers in Zambia has continued to a big challenge. Most of the care givers on their own with no one regulating them. We are advocating for the statutory instrument for the Association.
Most intervention not targeting the Children and their families.
The Piloting of the Isibindi has taken long due to inadequate funding.
ZACCW is managed by a team that comprises of an Executive Director, Training Coordinator, Accountant, and 19 Trainers who have experience in Child Care Work. These trainers have been carrying out training in Project Management, Child Abuse Psychosocial Support, Advocacy and Lobby, Street and Community outreach, Child Participation. Some of the trainers are Consultants in Child related fields and have done research at international level. ZACCW is regulated by a multi disciplinary board that comprises of five members and some Provincial Chapter chairpersons. The board advises management on program related issues and reviews policy implementation activities. The board also monitors the overall project performance, finances and ensures donor conditions compliance.
ZACCW is in the process of establishing chapters in all provinces of Zambia and at all provincial headquarters. The provincial chapters will be in charge of training and monitoring the child and youth care workers in provinces and the implementation of the Association activities.
The programme design is based on empowering the Child and Youth Care Workers to take charge of managing its own process of development. A large part of this programme focuses on capacity building of the Child and Youth Care Workers through the practical application of skills in the field child care work.
Sustainability for the purpose of this programme is based on whether the Child and Youth Care Workers are able to support themselves and activities initiated through this programme to continue. Part of this is through maintaining links established with the Zambia Association of child workers and other partners within the country.
The Zambia Association of child care workers is a membership driven organization.ZACCW has been recognized by the Ministry of Community development and Social Service and is now a leading partner on the implementation of the National Plan of Action children on the street, the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development. ZACCW is member of CHIN a National Network of organizations that work with children. This is also a resource bank where the sharing of resources and initiatives a discussed.
ZACCW focuses on the capacities of individual child care practitioners as opposed to organizations and aims at enhancing the quality of child care through capacity building of child care providers. The ability to make interventions and commitment of the service providers and communities for family preservation and restoration including the promotion of children’s Rights is crucial for successful implementation of community-based interventions in child rights programming.
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