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CBRD Department

Capacity Building & Research and Development Department


The Capacity Building and Research & Development Department (CBRD) is comprised of two units that work closely and collaboratively.



Capacity Building (CB):


The Capacity Building unit aims to build and strengthen the skills of child protection professionals allowing them to work effectively with children and their families.


CB specialists are professionals with experience in the psychosocial field.  They organize regular internal training sessions with our multidisciplinary team, as well as external sessions and workshops for other professionals working in the child protection sector.


CB’s approach for training sessions is systematic in that they are the result of a structured needs analysis and design strategy. This strategy can include collaborations with other programs or decision-makers within organizations, as well as the custom development of guidelines and procedures for effective content delivery.



Training sessions and workshops:

·       Training plans can be tailored to the institution/professionals’ specific needs following a detailed assessment

·       Duration of training sessions varies according to objectives, specialization of content, number of participants, number of professionals required etc.



Training sessions offered:

1. Detection and referral of child abuse


This training is intended for any professional working with children.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

·       Detect the four types of abuse (physical, psychological, sexual and neglect)

·       Identify the consequences of abuse on children's development

·       Identify and apply the correct referral pathways according to law 422

·       Apply professional ethics when dealing with child abuse



2. Child-Friendly communication


This training is intended for any professional working with children.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

·       Integrate child-friendly attitudes and beliefs with practice

·       Demonstrate non-violent communication skills for children

·       Apply non-violent communication skills with children

·       Minimize barriers to effective communication with children



3. Effective communication and behavioral management


This training is intended for professionals working in an educational setting (school, shelter).

By the end of the training session participants will be able to:

·       Implement classroom management strategies

·       Develop appropriate responses to challenging behaviors in the classroom

·       Recognize the importance of positive discipline with children

·       Apply non-violent communication techniques with children



4. Understanding and responding to children's sexual behaviors


This training is intended for teachers and caregivers.

By the end of the training session participants will be able to:

·       Recognize developmentally appropriate child sexual behavior

·       Differentiate developmentally appropriate and problematic child sexual behavior; and know when to refer to a professional

·       Respond effectively to a range of developmentally appropriate and problematic child sexual behavior  

·       Provide children with basic and safety information related to sexual behavior, according to their developmental age.



5. Techniques to build and strengthen resilience in children


This training is addressed to any professional working with children.

By the end of the training session participants will be able to:

·       Demonstrate understanding of resilience in children

·       Recognize the importance of mediation techniques, such as art and play, in the psychosocial follow-up of children  

·       Implement at least one technique from the "Tutors of Resilience" handbook by the Catholic University of Milan

·       Implement at least one technique from the “Lego Bricks Training: A Medium in Education and Psychosocial Practices”


Whether you are the parent, teacher or caregiver of a toddler or a teenager, you know how challenging–even overwhelming caring for them can be at times. Unfortunately, children don’t come with an instruction manual, and being a parent doesn’t necessarily mean that you automatically or instinctively know what to do.



himaya is the only NGO in the Middle East accredited by Gordon Training International to conduct Teacher Effectiveness Trainings (T.E.T) and Parent Effectiveness Trainings (P.E.T).  These pioneering programs were created by award-winning psychologist and three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Thomas Gordon in 1962. It has helped millions of parents, teachers, and specialists around the world better deal with children; especially after a major revision of the programs completed in July 2006 which included up-to-date examples and new content.


P.E.T and T.E.T offer proven and effective communication skills. When they use these skills, parents and caregivers are amazed by the dramatic improvement both in their families and in all their relationships. You, too, can learn these communication and conflict resolution skills through Dr. Gordon’s P.E.T. and T.E.T programs, taught by a certified instructor.





Research & Development (R&D)


Our research and development unit consists of professionals from diverse backgrounds such as public health and psychology. Their main goal is to develop evidence-based initiatives related to child protection through a research-based approach.


The role of the research & development unit is to:

·       Develop independent scientific research studies related to child protection

·       Create partnerships and collaborations with national and international child protection experts to bridge gaps in knowledge

·       Represent himaya as an active participant on an operational and research level, solidifying its stance in child protection in Lebanon

·       Provide himaya’s team relevant and up-to-date research in order to find innovative and research-informed approaches to child protection





The purpose of a Child Protection Policy (CPP) is to ensure that all community members act consistently to preserve and promote the well-being of children. It is an institutional pledge to reject violence against children in all its forms through tailored guidelines and procedures. The implementation of the CPP includes the training of staff on the detection of child abuse and the allocation of representatives that will follow the designed procedures. Sessions aimed to sensitize parents and children to child protection are also part of the implementation process. 


Practically, the CPP will establish a framework through which institutions will be able to prevent and deal with violence that occurs between children amongst themselves, as well as violence that occurs between adults and children. The CPP will clarify the responsibilities of different members of your community in instituting a safe and secure space for children. Detailed procedures outlining clear actions to take will be institutionalized and disseminated. The CPP is developed based on our work combined with each institution’s existing policies, thus creating a custom structure catered to each institution’s specific needs.


Points that are addressed:

·      Guidelines for maintaining a safe and secure space for children

·      Responsibilities of staff, parents, and children

·      Creating a Child Protection Group (CPG)

·      Choosing a Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO)

·      Procedures for dealing with allegations of abuse

·      Referral procedures for cases of abuse


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