A Strong child protection system is critical in ensuring that children are protected from all forms of violence, abuse and exploitation. Providing an environment that promotes and fosters a comprehensive and accessible child protection system is challenging and difficult. Despite all these challenges, generating good data is essential to promote evidence that tells us what the issues are, where they are and how best to tackle them. In this regard, the Provincial Development Office (PDO) organized a Baseline assessment training on Child Protection in order to come up with a Policy that will guide institutions in the ZMB province. As such a group of selected men and women from Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi met in Lusaka to prepare themselves for this tiring task. Various issues where presented by the facilitators and the Provincial of ZMB province who made a quick reflection just at the beginning of the Training. In his remarks, the Provincial acknowledged that it is an undeniable fact that we could be faced with forms of violence in our dealings with the young people hence the need to prepare a policy that will guide our works. Moreover, the team was provided with tools that were meant to help them gather as much information as possible to ensure that the policy would be valid.
Nonetheless, the collective efforts of the PDO and the research team from various communities in the province are to be congratulated for the effort that they are undertaking. This baseline assessment will provide analysis and a framework of the structures, environment provided by the Salesians and how best they can create a safe environment in ZMB province. This will further help communities to develop their Policy on Child protection and vulnerable adults. The goal of this policy is to create a Safe environment, Upholding Human dignity and Respecting the Rights of Children.