Come Play With Me, a child therapy, aims to educate, invigorate and build the capacity of social workers and allied professionals to be in a better position to deal with the trauma suffered by victims of domestic violence and natural disasters.
Vuniwaqa said the current level of child abuse in Fiji warrants the introduction of the conference because trauma is the fun killer for our children.
The two-day conference targets human/social service/education professionals in addressing the impacts of trauma on the physiological, psychological, social and spiritual well-being of people.
“With this set of targeted objectives and the alarming statistics and magnitude of child abuse in Fiji, this training is important, timely and appropriate,” Vuniwaqa said.
Highlighting the statistics on suicide, child violence and violence against women in the country, Minister Vuniwaqa said these social ills continue to haunt Fiji.
“We need to expose trauma more and educate people with skills and knowledge on how to respond to traumas of natural disasters, wars, family, violence, suicide, marital affairs, while at the same time understanding the biological, physical, mental and spiritual response,” she said.
The training is attended by close to 30 representatives from government, civil society organisations and UNICEF including participants from Fiji, Australia, Italy, Switzerland and Israel.