Miriam College launches its Post-Graduate Diploma Course on Child Protection (Specialized Training Course on Child Protection cum Case Management) for social workers from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), funded with full scholarship from UNICEF.
The program trains 47 DSWD-UNICEF scholars under the Master in Social Work program through online learning until July 2022, according to Social Work Department Chair Pacita Dechavez Fortin.
“This capacity building activity is a landmark educational opportunity”, says DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista who spoke during the online launch of the program last January 24, 2022. “[This] is a great addition to the interventions we do for our registered social workers as we need to develop and strengthen their competencies in child protection and case management and to support the mandate of DSWD on its technical assistance and resource augmentation function to local social welfare and development offices with the implementation of the Mandanas-Garcia ruling”, he further said.
According to Mr. Jesus S. Far, UNICEF Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF is very much committed in providing technical assistance to DSWD so they can help local government units strengthen their social welfare programs and systems, especially in the prevention and response to violence against children.
The 2015 National Baseline Survey on Violence against Children reveals that 3 in 5 children in the Philippines were reported as having experienced any form of physical and psychological violence in various settings while 1 in 5 children reportedly suffered from some form of sexual violence in any setting. While reports on child abuse dropped 57 per cent between March and June 2020 during the pandemic, a major child helpline in the country registered a 167 per cent increase in reporting child abuse compared to 2019.
“There is a silent social epidemic in the Philippines - it is the growing number of children growing up in poverty, in fear, in ignorance, in violence. To help them, we need more social workers and teachers outside the classroom. Social work is an area of focus of Miriam College. We hope that with this program in partnership with DSWD and UNICEF, we would be able to contribute in addressing this social epidemic amidst complexities we continue to struggle with” explains Ambassador Laura Del Rosario, Miriam College President.
Miriam College offers this groundbreaking program anchored on its core values and advocacies on truth, justice, peace and integrity of creation and its commitment to whole-person education, value integrating curricula, student-centered and innovation-driven approach to learning.
DSWD social workers who complete the Post Graduate Diploma on Child Protection are eligible to pursue a degree in the Master in Social Work in Miriam College. Introduced in 2016, the MSW contributes to forming critically engaged and ethical leaders who will drive policy reforms, program innovations, and local knowledge production in social work and social development in the country and the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information about the program, contact Pacita “Bing” Dechavez Fortin (she, her) at email@example.com.