In partnership with BPA, WMG delivered a two week course funded by UNWomen and UNICEF on behalf of CORAM Children’s Services for trainers and front line police officers working on the newly implemented Child and Gender Desks. The purpose of the training was to improve how police officers handled cases of child and gender based violence, including how they dealt with children in conflict with the law.
With BPA, a Child Abuse and Gender Based Violence Manual was developed which the newly trained officers could then use for their own training, ensuring improved and consistent practice across Tanzania. The course covered child abuse, gender based violence, sexploitation, female genital mutilation, crime scene investigation and interviewing vulnerable victims, witnesses and perpetrators.
The course provided delegates with the opportunity to openly debate values, beliefs and cultural practices that were in conflict with the law. This led to a recognition that police officers need to be impartial, as well as an acknowledgement that everyone, regardless, is entitled to have their human rights upheld and protected.