The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia is executing project XSA/S78 titled "Building the capacity and expanding anti-human trafficking networks for improved support to victims of trafficking" and "IND/S98 "Reducing children's vulnerability to abuse and rehabilitation of survivors". One of the key deliverables of the project is to enhance the capacity of caregivers in shelter homes, to improve the response to the psycho social needs of the residents in shelter homes. The projects are working with other agencies to promote Child protection and Victim support.
As a part of the project activities, the Department of Social Defense, Government of Tamilnadu, envisaged a series of programmes to address the needs and fill in the gap for training and capacity building of the caregivers of shelter homes.
The first set of psycho social trainings of the caregivers of Tamil Nadu were organized at Banglaore, India, with the technical expertise from National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore. 50 caregivers attended the training and found it to be very useful. The training covered key topics including Children/women in difficult circumstances; Development of children; Concerns of children/women; Techniques for psychosocial care of children/women; Process of relating to children and codes of conduct; Developmental disorders and problems among children; Pharmacological treatment for children with various disorders; Psychosocial interventions for children, women with various disorders; Children/women with HIV /AIDS - Working with children affected by HIV/AIDS; Substance abuse and treatment for substance abuse;Child abuse /working with children affected by child abuse and stress management for the staff.
Mr. R Gunashekar, Project Officer, UNODC, attended the trainings to share UNODC's perspectives with the participants. It has been planned to extend a similar training to all the caregivers of the state with the support of NIMHANS.