VAC COM is a two-pronged project under child protection. The first being the prevention of violence against children and the second being prevention of violence against children on the move. It is SIDA funded project. The project has the following objectives:
- Objective 1: By 2021, a significant proportion of children in Swaziland are protected from sexual, physical and humiliating punishment in schools
- Objective 2: By 2018, Swaziland has established the magnitude of children on the move and the associated child protection risks
- Objective 3: By 2019, Swaziland has strengthened key government Departments working with unaccompanied migrant children
Since 2016 SCSWD delved into programming for unaccompanied and separated migrant children to broaden its scope in child protection. This is a regional initiative implemented in Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and lately Botswana and Swaziland. In April 2018 SCSWD validated four studies on COM: Policy Analysis, Magnitude of COM, and a Child Participatory Approach. The one pending study relates to the training needs of the department of Social Welfare and other government ministries and departments working with or with a potential to work in the protection space for Unaccompanied and Separated Migrant Children.
- Validated three studies in April that establish the magnitude of COM, Policy analysis as well as the participation of children.
One of the consultants making his presentation during the validation of COM studies
- Hosted training on child protection and child safeguarding in April
- Working on establishing model schools in the prevention of violence against children across the four regions. This is work in progress.
A section of the participants, SC regional staff with the Executive Director of SCSWD, Mr Dumisani Mnisi during the CP and CSG Training in Mbabane