Trainer: Nayab Imtiaz
Child Abuse is not just about physicality – it’s also about making a child implore for mental and emotional stability either by his or her actions or words. This training session focused on discussing such matters and ways to counter them.
- Enabling the trainers (on-board interns) to conduct an activity based training session on the awareness of child emotional abuse
- Exploring the importance of empowering children to break the cycle
A Word for the Trainers
Why do you think empowering the children important?
What do you think is emotional abuse?
Memory Test (from last session): What are the essentials of “Safe Space”?
Conducting the Training with Children
Creating a Safe Space
- Emotional Validation
- Asking them if they know what a safe person is (ask them if they have a safe person, it can be anybody safe and trustworthy)
- Ask children about what emotional abuse is (write their answers down on the board)
Defining “Red Flags’’
A red flag is used as a warning of danger You can literally make some red flags for them!
- Put students in the shoes of someone deciding ‘what they would do’ in a given situation. By doing this, the activity teaches healthy decision-making, empathy, and allows students to determine their own values in relationships or friendships.
- The activity introduces students to behaviors within a relationship that could be defined as healthy, unhealthy, or abusive.
- Encourage young people to communicate and define healthy and unhealthy behaviors themselves, even though students may not classify behaviors the same way.
Also read: The Physical Abuse - Training Outline
- Describe scenarios explaining an example of a behavior that might be present in a relationship (parents, siblings, friends, significant other).
- Instruct each student to raise hands and say what category do they think the behavior fall, ‘’healthy,’’ ‘’unhealthy,’’ or ‘’abusive.’’
- Have each student read their card out loud and ask them why they think the behavior should be placed in and why.
- Record each response by category on paper or the board as students go around.
- At each card, facilitate a short conversation. Allow students to make suggestions as to what they may or may not do and why. (for example, talking about it, or keeping your distance from that person).
- From among the situations what do they think were the red flags? Note and debate
- Telling them emotional abuse is not normal and abuse cannot be ever justified
- Going to their safe person
- Establish boundaries (limit exposure to their abuser)
- You have to be vocal about things (say ‘’no!’’)
- Telling them that it is okay to visit a Psychologist