Min­istry floats books to fight abuse of spe­cial kids

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The Min­istry of Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment (MOCD) has is­sued comic books that tar­get chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties to broaden their knowl­edge and en­hance their em­pow­er­ment and self-con­fi­dence to deal with sit­u­a­tions of abuse they may en­counter in their daily lives.

The comics in­clude a col­lec­tion of pho­tos which re­flect real sit­u­a­tions that can hap­pen to dis­abled chil­dren, such sit­u­a­tions may also threaten them phys­i­cally, sex­u­ally or emo­tion­ally.

These sto­ries are de­signed to ed­u­cate chil­dren through sim­ple ways of lo­cat­ing threats, how to deal with and re­port them.

Com­ment­ing on the ini­tia­tive, Wafa Ha­mad Bin Su­laiman, Di­rec­tor of Wel­fare and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of Peo­ple of De­ter­mi­na­tion Depart­ment at MOCD, said that there is a train­ing pro­gramme that will be pre­sented by the depart­ment for all so­cial work­ers and psy­chol­o­gists staff in cen­tres for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The pro­gramme, she noted, will train the staff on the mech­a­nisms of pre­sent­ing these comics to chil­dren, dis­cussing and in­ter­act­ing with them the pos­si­ble abuse sce­nar­ios they may be im­posed to.

The comics will also al­low the spe­cial­ists to iden­tify any forms of abuse that may oc­cur to chil­dren through their emo­tional ex­pres­sion sym­bol­ised with car­toon char­ac­ters in the comic books. The depart­ment will also tai­lor in­di­vid­ual ther­a­peu­tic pro­grammes for abused chil­dren to help them over­come their long-term psy­cho­log­i­cal and emo­tional im­pact and rein­te­grate them in the com­mu­nity life with other in­di­vid­u­als.

The sto­ries in­clude 15 ideas in dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments such as home, school, club, which high­lights in­ter­ac­tions with mul­ti­ple peo­ple like the driver, maid, gro­cery owner, care provider gen­er­ally.

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