PROGRAMME 2: PSYCHO-SOCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAMME
Ø Intake Assessment and Counselling
Community members (walk in clients) wanting to access our services are assessed by social workers, social auxiliary workers as well as social work students - under the supervision of our registered social workers.
In this programme, clients receive short and medium term counselling, referrals for safe accommodation, legal services and referrals to other government departments and Non-Governmental agencies.
Ø Education and Awareness
The programme aims to educate school learners to better understand themselves, their difficulties and to teach them how to deal with challenges often faced in their homes and/or communities due to violence as well as to equip them with practical tools and ideas which they can implement daily. The project runs between 6 – 12 weeks at their schools and furthermore the teachers also receive training to better understand children being abused, harassed or bullied and how to deal with violence within schools.
Ø Community Outreach;
The SBCWC staff conduct talks and workshops within communities, with stakeholders, civil society organisations and corporations about Gender Based Violence.
Ø Children’s Counselling Programme
The aim of the project is to provide services to children and adolescents. All children aged between 3 years and 18 years old residing at the Centre access children’s counselling as they too have been exposed to the violence in the home or community setting. The project offers assessments, supportive counselling, psychometric services and psycho- education and creates awareness through media initiatives.
Ø Early Childhood Development
The project is run by an ECD Practitioner who provides services for children of clients residing with us and works closely with the Children’s Counsellor in order to identify challenges and behavioural problems the individual may be experiencing. It enables the children to not just develop academically but also emotionally. The project has a well-run crèche as well as an afterschool service for older children.