World Vision organizes children’s rights training seminar

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Social workers, bureaucrats, teachers and community volunteers learned about risks faced by Pattaya-area children and how to help abused and underprivileged kids at a City Hall seminar sponsored by the World Vision Foundation of Thailand.

Watcharee Wisithikas, director of the Social Development and Human Stability Ministry’s Children’s Lifestyle Development project led the June 18 workshop aimed at teaching care providers about children’s rights and access to social services.

Watcharee Wisithikas, director of the Social Development and Human Stability Ministry’s Children’s Lifestyle Development project leads a workshop aimed at teaching care providers about children’s rights and access to social services.Watcharee Wisithikas, director of the Social Development and Human Stability Ministry’s Children’s Lifestyle Development project leads a workshop aimed at teaching care providers about children’s rights and access to social services.

Attendees were told Pattaya has large numbers of youths who are either homeless, orphaned, poor, handicapped, abused or without legal standing. These children are at higher risk of abuse, requiring public-service workers to have the training to recognize and resolve such abuse.

The Pattaya seminar was the first of 29 to be held across the country by World Vision. The workshop sees participants role-play, evaluate the needs of high-risk groups, and contribute to a database on child histories.

A group of Pattaya students ages 5-15 also attended, sitting for interviews to determine if they faced any parental abuse.