“How would you engage parents?” “I would watch their non-verbals” – An amazing group of child protection volunteers from Uganda slum communities

There is so much to advocate for this advanced child protection model by Children on The Edge and the community volunteers. They come from the most deprived communities and their first task was to educate against child sacrifice – this is how far they have gone, to be in a position to train on preventive and resilience-building strategies.

They were proud of their achievements, thoughtful and reflective. But this was the best answer that you do not often get from highly qualified professionals. Having to deal with the most difficult to engage parents, they gave good examples of prioritising rapport and trust building. Adjusting strategies according to how parents appear in their interaction was not what I expected – intuition, natural wisdom, call it what you like…

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