Manav Rachna International School, Sec-51, Gurugram organized an awareness workshop on ‘Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act’ (POCSO) for its teachers recently, which was conducted by Ms. Vasundra. The objective of the workshop was to spread awareness about child sexual abuse and POCSO Act.

Ms. Vasundra spoke in detail about the prevalence of child abuse in our society and emphasized on the importance of identifying symptoms that might be the cause of behavioral changes in students (regarding mental or physical abuse within the realms of society, i.e. family and friends). She reiterated the importance of the role played by educators in the safety and security of children. She also made teachers aware about the various words and actions of sexual harassment that are often overlooked.

The workshop provided information to all the teachers such as how to deal with various themes of sexuality; preventive steps to be undertaken; identifying signs of abuse; key ways of handling child sexual abuse and the relevance of POCSO Act. All the information was imparted in the form of role plays, short videos, activities, and discussions.

The workshop concluded with a short discussion on the important points of POCSO Act.