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  • Ahisha Mangot

Right Relationships in Ministry hosts Child Protection Workshop

Updated: Oct 8, 2023

Gordons, Port Moresby: The Right Relationships Commission of CBCPNGSI successfully completed 4-day workshop based on the Lukautim Pinikini Act and Child Protection Issues in the country for the archdioceses/dioceses Child Protections officers.

The program started on September 18th and concluded on the 23rd and was held in partnership with National Office for Child and Family Services.

According to a Child Protection Officer from the Archdiocese of Port Moresby Mr Clement Waiker, he said the first two days of the workshop they covered the Lukautim Pikinini Act. This was facilitated by Mr Otto Tur Deputy Director for Child Protection Programs and Compliance from the National Office for Child and Family Services. where they focused on the act and its guiding principles.

He further added that on the remaining two days, participants from the archdioceses and dioceses of Papua New Guinea presented their findings regarding Child Protection issues they face in their respective dioceses and the experiences they go through around the country.

Mr Waiker gave a brief on his presentation which highlights the changing laws of the country in terms of sexual violence against children. He added that there are certain parts in the Criminal Law Code Act that were changed since 2018 to give weight to prosecution when it comes to child sexual abuse in the country.

The workshop saw presentations from Right Relationships in Ministry Directress Sr Ancy John, Family Life Commission Secretary Sr Lucy D’Souza, Mr Noel Apul including Mr Otto Tur and Mr Clement Waiker where they all presented on topics relating to Child Protection Policies, Family and Children, types of Abuses, Lukautim Pikinini Act and etc.

For the first two days, the program on Lukautim Pikinini concluded with a certificate presentation to the Child Protection officers from the National Office for Child and Family Services.

The program had the Director and Chief Executive officer of the Office for Child and Family Services as the keynote address, Bishop Deputy for Right Relationships Bishop Rozario Menezes and Fr Giorgio presenting the Child protection officers their certificates during the close-up.

The program then continued with other presentations from Sr Ancy John, Sr Lucy D’Souza, Mr Noel Apul and Mr. Clement Waiker to name a few which concluded on the 21st of September.

Mr Waiker expressed his appreciation to Sr Ancy John for her continuous support and encouragement to carry out enriching workshops like this for the Child protection officers of the church to do their work and portray the love of God.

Right Relationship in Ministry Directress Sr. Ancy John thanked the participants for their presence and encouraged them to continue the good work they do back in their dioceses.

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