Tanzania National Child Helpline hosts third ACT to EVAC training

On 2 – 3 July 2019, the Tanzania National Child Helpline – part of wider organisation C-Sema – hosted the third training of the ACT to EVAC programme in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. This two-day training opportunity aimed to strengthen child helpline’s counsellors’ and social workers’ identification of and response to, cases of online child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA).

This training falls within the broader remit of the ACT to EVAC programme, which is coordinated in partnership with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). Together, we work to support four core stakeholder groups – child helplines, law enforcers and medical and educational professionals – within five target countries in responding to cases of online CSEA.

The Tanzania National Child Helpline’s unique training programme focused on the following topics:

  • Introducing the importance of using consistent terminology
  • Exploring some research characteristics of perpetrators of online CSEA
  • Exploring risk factors for those who have been victims of online CSEA
  • Reflecting on popular online media currently in use in Tanzania
  • Exploring forms or manifestations of online CSEA
  • Discussing policy engagement and advocacy techniques, including recommendations that could be put forward to policy-makers
  • The need for strong data to influence policy change at national level
  • Putting our knowledge into practise through exploring four thematically specific case studies

In closing the training, 94% of the training participants strongly agreed to the following statements: this training experience will be useful in my work; and, following this training, I feel more confident and knowledgeable to be able to work with cases of online child sexual exploitation and abuse.

We are looking forward to our return to Tanzania, later on in the year. This will be an opportunity to coordinate a high-level round table discussion among the four core stakeholder groups in the field of child online protection.

To make this training programme a reality, we were generously supported by Dr Onditi, Professor at the Dar Es Salaam University College of Education, and Willy Buloso, Regional Coordinator for Africa at ECPAT International. Their extensive personal expertise in this field brought the training content to life! We would also like to thank the Tanzania National Child Helpline for so kindly hosting and warmly welcoming us!