Updated: 04/08/2014 22:36

Singapore trains ASEAN social workers



Singapore trains ASEAN social workers

Twenty social workers from ASEAN who work with women and children victims of violence are attending a three-day course in Singapore. 

The course which is being held for the first time, will provide a platform for participants to discuss different types of family violence and abuse and also practices to deal with it. 

Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development, Low Yen Ling, hopes the participants will pick up new skills and help those they serve in their communities.

"Family violence is destructive and it tests the fabric of any society whether developing or developed economies. Whether the number of cases low or not low, one case is just too many. So this is where we are committed to come together to see how we can share our best practices of work so we can bring it back to our own domain and apply it to our own context."

One participant is Emelita Bolivar from the Philippines. 

The social worker, who has 27 years of experience, says she hopes to put what she has learnt to good use. 

"I hope to learn a lot of strategies, and some programmes and sharing of the participants where we can respond to the cases that we are receiving in the Philippines. We will be doing some programme evaluation of the current programme that we are implementing now, and maybe inject and integrate some of the knowledge that I will be learning from this training."

The course is an initiative of the Singapore Government Representatives on the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children.

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