Child Protection Workshops exist to help children and communities understand and stop cases of abuse in Bali.
Child Protection in Bali
Bali Children’s Project’s Child Protection program was launched in 2016, with the aim helping children understand and react to abuse.
Like many other countries in the world, children in Bali aren’t always protected from abuse – which can manifest in many forms.
While there is support out there to help children suffering abuse, cases often go unreported, with children not knowing how to react.
Our survey among elementary school children showed that 90% of students did not know what abuse is.
It’s a real problem. If children don’t know about abuse, it’s hard for them to react appropriately.
With these child protection workshops, we are changing that, helping students to understand about abuse.
Figures surrounding levels are abuse are hard to come by.
Official figures are extremely low, with just 60 reported cases of violence against children in 2016. The real figure is unknown.
Insights into abuse levels occasionally enter the public sphere, with by the National Committee for Child Protection reporting that six out of 10 abusers of children in Indonesia are close family members in positions of trust.
With various high profile cases of abuse making the news, the real story is that most abuse goes undetected and unreported. Abusers who tell children that their actions are ok leave many children not even aware they are being abused, let along able to react appropriately.
The workshops aim to equip children and communities with knowledge and signs of abuse. In providing this key information, children can be better equipped to avoid and react.
In 2019, the program will be directly reaching almost 8,000 students.
Many more schools, teachers and families will also be impacted.
Child Protection workshops are designed to give elementary age students awareness about abuse. Over one hour and thirty minutes, students are taught what abuse is and what to do if they are being abused.
Working from a now established routine, the workshops take children on a journey through the use of fun, games, singing and acting.
Ensuring that the workshops are engaging is an important part of helping children to understand the issues.
There is a clear approach too. Children are first taught what constitutes abuse, before moving onto how to react to abuse – with a simple message of RUN, SHOUT AND REPORT.
Backed up by a specially designed booklet, the workshops provide children with knowledge that could one day be lifesaving. In early 2020, Bali Children’s Project will be launching the “We are Special” cartoon.
The workshops have been inspired by the work of child psychologist Mandy Braeur.
Ultimately, this will decrease the numbers of children suffering from abuse.
Starting in 2016, Child Protection workshops have proved to be a much needed program. Out of all the schools approached, every school signed up to the workshop.
The project has been so successful that there is a massive waiting list of schools who want these workshops. Working as a small team, our aims are to increase the impact of these workshops as well as children we reach.
However we can only do so with funding to support the program.
With Thanks to Supporters
The sessions are fully funded by kind supporters Mel Wolf Foundation.
The Mel Wolf Foundation’s grant has been instrumental to starting and improving impact of the program.
In 2020, we are searching for new funding to help reach even more students.
 Kasus Kekerasan Terhadap Anak di Bali Stagnan, Pegiat Ingatkan Korban Bisa Menjadi Pelaku Kekerasan, Tribun Bali, 1st October 2017. (http://bali.tribunnews.com/2017/10/01/kasus-kekerasan-terhadap-anak-di-bali-stagnan-pegiat-ingatkan-korban-bisa-menjadi-pelaku-kekerasan).
 Komnas PA: Perkosaan Anak Terbanyak Dilakukan oleh Orang Dekat, KOMPAS, 25th April 2017. http://nasional.kompas.com/read/2017/04/25/07262071/komnas.pa.perkosaan.anak.terbanyak.dilakukan.oleh.orang.dekat
A relatively new program, we are still seeking funds to continue the program in the long term. Our annual budget for this program is currently 12,000 USD.
If you would like to support our child abuse awareness program, you will be helping us to reach over 10,000 students per year, funding our staff to do so and awareness booklets for each student.