Training for Multi-disciplinary teams in Albania: This collection of training material has been written with the intention that it will be used to train local agencies in Albania with responsibility to respond to child witnesses of abuse and child victims of abuse, particularly victims and witnesses involved in court proceedings.The sequence of training is designed to lead participants from international conventions and national laws for the protection of children towards the practical application of those legal responsibilities on child victims or witnesses of abuse.
Participants: It is expected that key professionals that should attend the training include:
- Police officers of the municipality
- Specialist police officers assigned to child protection duties
- Child protection workers of the municipality
- Teachers and psychologists of local schools
- Medical staff of local health clinics
- Staff of NGOs that work with children and families
- Local prosecutors
Structure of the training: The training is designed to be delivered over two consecutive days. There are two morning sessions of about 60 to 90 minutes each, and two afternoon sessions. The morning session is broken by a coffee break. The trainer can break the two afternoon sessions for tea/coffee or run them as single combined sessions. If the training is to be evaluated using a questionnaire at the end of the last session on the last day, the trainer will need to modify the timing of the last session to allow time for the evaluation exercise.
Training pack: The training pack consists of detailed training notes for use by the trainer. There are separate detailed training notes for each session except for sessions 2 and 3 on Day 2 which are the combined role play sessions. The pack also contains handouts for distribution to participants. This trainer prefers to distribute each handout separately, as indicated in the right hand column of the detailed training notes, rather than as a single bundle of handouts at the beginning of the training. The training pack also contains an outline training programme that can be distributed to relevant agencies and individuals in advance of the training.
The training material is designed to be as inter-active as possible, by drawing on participants’ professional knowledge and competencies. It is not designed to be delivered as a series of lectures by the trainer to passive participants. Adults learn by participating in the learning process and relating the training input to their own knowledge and experience.
The consequence of the inter-active style of delivery is that planned session timings can only be estimated. The trainer will suddenly find that a particular issue has sparked intense discussion and debate by the participants. In those situations the trainer will have to make an immediate decision on whether to allow the discussion and debate to continue, if so for how long, or to terminate the discussion and move on. These are professional and technical judgements that the trainer can only make with experience on the day.
Allowing participants to discuss and debate an important and relevant issue will affect the timing of the remaining session and possibly the following session. The trainer will therefore have to make immediate decisions on whether cut parts of the planned detailed training notes in order to keep to time. In the experience of this trainer, participants value very highly keeping to planned breaks for coffee and lunch. It is better to maintain interest and participation than to slavishly follow the detailed training notes and timings.
Trainers should be reassured that no two ‘runs’ of the training material are ever the same. Different groups of participants react to the training issues in different ways. The advice is, “Expect the unexpected!” Enjoy.