A  free public seminar for community members is being held:  Raising awareness about Methamphetamine (“P”) use”

Time: Tuesday 11 April 7.30 to 9pm. (Doors open 7pm).

Topics to be covered include :  Identifying  the tell tale signs (including behaviour and drug paraphernalia); key risk factors for your child; What support is available and skills to cope when a loved one is addicted, more details Methamphetamine;

 There are a couple of places left on the final offering of Eric Hollis’s workshop on Strengthening Child Protection Practice in Early Childhood settings.  Over 100 ECE workers attended Eric’s workshop here in Tauranga on the 14th March – and people were raving about the training and the practical frameworks Eric provides. As the flyer outlines: “Practical guidance for early childhood teachers on understanding the Vulnerable Children Act (2014) and how to recognise and respond effectively to suspected child abuse. The programme also deals with managing childhood sexual behaviours.” If you know someone who missed out, there is still a chance to enrol, see Bay of Plenty Flyer

Child Matters has received funding from a philanthropic trust to offer a number of scholarships to enable practitioners in NGOs to attend their  5-Day Programme in Child Protection Studies – NZQA Level 3 . One of the programmes is being run in Tauranga in August. Have a look at the criteria to see if you might be eligible to apply for a scholarship  – deadline for applications is 10 April.

The criteria for this scholarship is:

1)      Your organisation has currently no access to other funding for the costs of the Programme fees

2)      Your organisation is a not-for-profit

If you, or one of your staff would like to apply for this scholarship please complete the Child Matters Application for Scholarship  form and return it to me as soon as possible.