Tripoli, 5 May 2013:
The drive to ensure that Libyan children get a fair deal when social services intervene in their lives, . . .[restrict]rests on the need for proactive social work and efficient case management for child protection.
This was the core message of a course given to twenty social services instructors from Tripoli University, who have improved their skills and knowledge of children’s rights in social services during a four-day workshop.
The training, which aimed to realise the best interests of the child in cases of social services intervention, also introduced the concept of proactive social work and case management in child protection.
It was run as part of a capacity-building programme organised by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the United Nations’ children’s fund UNICEF.
“Pre-service and in-service training on child rights and social service is crucial for implementing progressive social policies in Libya,” The Minister of Social Affairs, Kamla Khamis Mazini, said.
“Without the commitment of the Libyan government towards children’s rights, we would not have come this far,” said UNICEF’s Libya Country Director, Carel de Rooy. “The government, civil society and the Libyan people are willing to make the necessary changes to realise the full potential of all Libyan children, and they will achieve this despite the many challenges ahead,” he said.
The workshop, delivered by an international expert in children’s rights, Ghassan Khalil, was based on the principles and provisions of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which was ratified by the Libyan government in 1993. [/restrict]