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POCSO WORKSHOP

In order to ensure safety of students and create awareness about sexual assault and sexual harassment, Bal Bhavan International School, Dwarka organized an awareness workshop on ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act’ (POCSO) monitored by The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on April 11, 2019 for the students of middle wing. The objective of the workshop was to spread awareness about child sexual abuse and POCSO Act. It was conducted, guided and supervised by Mr Jayant  Kaushal ,Ld  LAC who spoke in detail about the prevalence of child abuse in our society and emphasized on the significance of identifying symptoms that might be the cause of behavioural changes in students (regarding mental or physical abuse within the realms of society). He reiterated the importance of the role played by educators in the safety and security of children. The teachers were also made aware about the various actions of sexual harassment that are often overlooked and the workshop also provided information to all the teachers such as how to deal with various themes of sexuality; preventive steps to be undertaken; identifying signs of abuse and the relevance of POCSO Act. All the information was imparted in the form of role plays, short videos, activities and discussions. The students were being sensitised to remain alert about the menace and to freely report to parents and teachers in the event of a problem. Our Vice Principal Ms Jaspreet Kaur stressed that schools need to play a proactive role and teachers need to take the lead, in connecting with their children in order to make it work.