welfare officers

Child protection officers need proper identification

Central Province Community Development advisor and child protection officer, Tabu Vaira said they are not protected and are often abused when in the communities.

Vaira said this is their biggest challenge, calling on the Department for Community Development, Youth and Religion to address this issue.

“We’ve been welfare officers before, going out to carry out child protection services under police escorts for our safety.

“Speaking from experience, when we get into communities as welfare officers, we are usually abused.