To improve service delivery for survivors of child abuse, different stakeholders responding to child abuse cases from across Lagos State were trained for 3- days on case management by the Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises II (ENGINE) programme in Lagos State from 28th – 30th January 2020.
The training was aimed at increasing stakeholders’ knowledge on case management as well as mapping out community child safety nets from the family, community and governmental level. Stakeholders present at the training include representative from the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), Office of the Public Defender (OPD), Mirabel Centre, Gender Desk from the Nigerian Police Force, Agency for Mass Education, Community Leaders, Civil Society Organisations ( Stand to End Rape, Cece Yara Foundation and Media houses.
The training also discussed referral pathways during case management to include health, security and welfare systems to ensure that survivors get access to the appropriate services.
Speaking at the programme, the State Team Lead for ENGINE II Lagos, Mrs Yinka Onabolu, said that the training was part of the ENGINE II programme’s effort in strengthening stakeholders’ capacity on case management at all levels.
The Educating Nigeria Girls in New Enterprise (ENGINE) II programme is a UKAid/DFID supported programme led by Mercy Corps across 4 States -FCT, Kano Kaduna and Lagos- and is implemented in Lagos by Action Health Incorporated in five Local Government Areas (Epe, Ojo, Somolu, Kosofe and Alimosho) . ENGINE II is aimed at improving the live outcomes of marginalized girls, through improved learning outcomes, financial empowerment through linkages to vocational training institutes, non-stereotypical job opportunities, access to markets, credit facilities while also ensuring that the girls are safe from harm.