A three-day refreshers’ ToT on psycho-social counseling for trafficked children

Children rescued from trafficking need psychological counseling to lift themselves up and reintegrate into the society. The counselors themselves have to be well-trained for the rehabilitation process to be successful. So, for effective rehabilitation and reintegration process for trafficked children, regular training and evaluation programmes are necessary.

A three-day refreshers’ ToT on psycho-social counseling for trafficked children was organized by INCIDIN Bangladesh in the CBCB Conference Room, Dhaka from 2-4 May 2016. About 30 participants from various governmental and non-governmental organizations specializing in combating child trafficking, rescue and rehabilitation etc. took part in the training programme. Dr. Aminul Islam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and National Coordinator, SAIEVAC Bangladesh; A.K.M. Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDN Bangladesh and Chair, ATSEC Bangladesh and NACG Bangladesh participated in the inaugural session. Adv. Md. Rafiqual Islam Khan, Project Coordinator, PCTSCN project acted as the facilitator to the entire training programme.

A.K.M. Masud Ali welcomed all trainees to the programme. He illustrated a brief scenario of present child trafficking situation and the status of the child rescue, shelter homes and rehabilitation systems. He expressed that the training would be aimed at enhancing practical problem solving capacity and overall development as a psycho-social counselor. He urged everybody to give their best and hoped the programme to be successful.

In his inaugural speech, Dr. Aminul Islam emphasized the importance of regular training to enhance the capacities of the counselors. He asserted that SAIEVAC is working with the SAARC member countries and NGOs to reducing and ultimately eradicate child trafficking. He hoped that the training will be fruitful and effective to the participants and announced the opening of the training.

Over the course of the training, trainers Mr. Aminul Islam Mukul and Mr. Salim Chowdhury conducted various sessions over the concepts of psycho-social counseling.

The certification and concluding ceremony was held in the afternoon of 4 May. The ceremony was attended by Dr. Rinchen Chophel, Director General, SAIEVAC; Dr. Aminul Islam, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and National Coordinator, SAIEVAC Bangladesh; Ms. Sherin Khan, Senior Specialist Child Labour, ILO South Asia and A.K.M. Masud Ali, Executive Director, INCIDN Bangladesh and Chair, ATSEC Bangladesh and NACG Bangladesh.

Dr. Aminul Islam thanked all participants for participating in the 3-days long programme and congratulated everyone on successfully completing the course. He asserted that the training will surely be helpful in rehabilitating trafficked children and hoped that further advanced training programmed be arranged.

A.K.M. Masud Ali thanked all honoured guests for taking time from their busy schedule to attend the ceremony. He emphasized on the importance of SAIEVAC as the region-wide network for stopping child trafficking and sexual exploitation. He hoped that the training programme would be effective and expressed confidence to hold additional training programmes given the support.

The honoured guests then Dr. Rinchen Chophel shared his experiences of working in the field of child trafficking and sexual exploitation and the damage caused to the victim. He expressed delight and hope that the trainees, upon finishing the training will be able to cure the scars left to the children and help them to achieve a better life.