Training is one of the project's fronts. Other actions will include a specialization course in children's and adolescents' rights; a training for founders of Guardianship Councils, and the reformulation of legal and regulatory frameworks related to social and educative measures and to the determination of criminal acts. "This training is extremely important, since we improve our knowledge and gain more experience to do our job more firmly", says Célia Rodrigues dos Santos, member of the Guardianship Council.
The course will train five members of the Guardianship Council; it will have a 48-hour work load, and will discuss the relations between the law, the duties of the council members, and their professional practices. In this model, a new topic is discussed at each one of the eight face-to-face meetings scheduled, about the laws related to the proposed topic, and the duties of members regarding a certain group of rights.
After knowing about the law and their duties, professionals may develop strategies and use the tools in their areas of work. The Guardianship Council was created with the promulgation of the Child and Adolescent Statute in 1990. It's an innovative body in Brazilian society and has the mission of guaranteeing the respect for rights of children and adolescents, potentially fostering deep changes in child and adolescent social services.
The Wheel of Rights
The project is part of the Great Works for Infancy Program, which has NGO Childhood Brasil as a partner. The program aims to prevent and fight sexual exploitation of children and adolescents in the surroundings of the Jirau Hydroelectric Plant. This is done through engagement of companies and professionals working at the site, and also through incentives for companies to participate in actions to protect vulnerable children and adolescents.
Actions already implemented include the identification of main parties working with the issue of sexual exploitation; mobilization of companies; awareness-raising actions targeted at 1,992 workers; training of 60 multipliers; and a survey on the profile of construction workers to support the development and implementation of a communication campaign in Jaci Paraná, in cooperation with the public power, local organizations, and private companies.
Project Girassol Tecendo Redes, carried out from 2010 to 2012, trained 80 teachers from public schools and 20 community health agents to identify strategies to face sexual exploitation. It also promoted a campaign to explain the issues to the community, produced materials about the topic, proposed a revision of the Municipal Plan to Face Sexual Exploitation, and presented seven workshops at the three schools for teenage students in Jaci Paraná district.