Ending Violence Against Children (EVAC) program
EVAC is one of LHWC's core programs. The EVAC program is conducted throughout the year, to schools, sporting events, villages, churches and any public gathering. To follow up, HWC conducts Positive Parenting (SPLP) training courses to help families develop better strategies in raising children.
The programs have been so successful that they are being delivered in other areas of Bougainville – especially in rural or marginalised communities in South (to Buin for Torokina, Bana, Buin Districts), Central (Panguna, Wakunai, North and South Nasioi) and North Bougainville Regions (Atolls, Buka, Tinputz, Selau in North Bougainville & Dept of Education teams). The teams are being mobilized to reach the remote areas, marginalized village school communities and faith based organisations.
We address the Lukautim Pikinini Act emphasising that hitting children is illegal in PNG. During these campaigns, we register families in crisis into our Stret Pasin Lukautim Pikinini (SPLP) or Positive Parenting courses.
Child Protection resources
HWC's Child Protection Policy is available here.
See also the Lukautim Pikinini Act (Child Protection Act).
HWC's EVAC training posters
Both End Violence Against Children and Stret Pasin Long Pikinini are HWC designed, developed, and implemented Programs.
In 2018-2019 HWC ran 5 major programs related to its EVAC Awareness Campaign, supported by Unicef funding.
We incorporate lifestyle, well being for all ages in our Positive Parenting course and EVAC campaigns. Whole day Session Modules are run weekly and strategies and homework tasks for parents are given each week to build up the capacity of parents for positive parenting over a 5 week training cycle. Topics include:
1. Trust, respect and emotional security
2. Physical Security and Discipline
3. Time, Support and Encouragement
4. Giving Affection and Self Care
5. Supporting Children in Family Violence