This seminar is supported by the Euro RGB
Invitation letter by Yadunandana Swami:
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
During our last ELM conference a presentation was made on Child Protection in regard to the book “My Karma, My Fault” published by an european ex- gurukuli, who was physically, psychological, and sexually abused in ISKCON schools and communities.
During this discussion, it was emphasized the importance of creating awareness and educating leaders, teachers, community members, parents, and children on this matter, in order to prevent to the best of our ability future cases of abuse. As the saying it goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.
In order to facilitate this training, Campakalata Devi Dasi, the Director of ISKCON Child Protection Office, is scheduled to provide training in Sweden (25 to 28 June) and at Bhaktivedanta College, Radhadesh (30 June to 2 of July). Please take the opportunity to send as many concerned representatives of your yatras as possible to one of these training seminars. Particularly, child protection team members, children and parents educators, community leaders, and some leading parents should be encouraged to attend, in order to get the most of Campakalata DD´s visit.
Thank you. Hare Krishna.
Your humble servant,
ISKCON European Minister for Educational Development
The seminar is taught by Champakala Devi Dasi who is the Director of the ISKCON Central Office of Child Protection. Champakalata devi dasi received her law degree in 1992, and has been a practicing attorney in criminal law, real estate law, and labor law. She is a Presiding Officer for the Department of Labor of South Africa and helps arbitrate labor disputes and compensation claims. She also has a post-graduate degree in Education and is a certified teacher. In her devotional career, she has served as Head of Legal Affairs as well as Communications Director for ISKCON Durban. Her twenty years of communications and public relations experience will be particularly helpful in her new position, as will her legal and teaching background. She has been especially active with child protection in South Africa, and is head of the Durban Child Protection Team. Champakalata devi dasi, who resides in Durban, South Africa, is an initiated disciple of His Holiness Indradumya Swami.
Details seminar at Almviks Gard Sweden:
Place: Almviks Gard Sweden
Dates: 25 -27 June (3 days)
Details seminar at Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh:
Place: Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh
Dates: 30 June – 2 July (3 days)
Price: € 55 (seminar fee, accomodation and prasadam)
Booking link: Online booking form CPO seminar Radhadesh
- Welcome, Icebreaker and Housekeeping Rules
- What is abuse, types and Indicators of Abuse?
- Group work – Physical & Behavioural Indicators
- Video: “Names Can Hurt Forever”
- In-depth study of sexual abuse
- Video: “Hear Their Cries”
- Consequences of child abuse
- How sex offenders operate in the world and within a religious organization
- Myths vs Facts – Quiz
- Offender Cycle
- Process of Victimisation
- Video : Truth, Lies and Sex Offenders
- Institutional response
- Child Protection Teams
- What to do if complaint received
- Strategies to Prevent Child Abuse
- The Adolescent Offender (Time permitting)
- Video – Breaking the Cycle / Adolescent Offenders (Time permitting)
- Investigation Procedures
- Video on Interviewing techniques
- Conducting Interviews
- Role Play & Discussions
- CPO Policy and Procedure Manual
- Types of testimony and other evidences
- Standard of Evidence
- Case Management
- Role of judges
- Objectives of Sentencing
- Requirements and Restrictions that can be imposed
- Sample cases – group work
- Appeal Process