RESPONSIVE CAREGIVING

AFFECTION AND PROTECTION

  • Showing love and affection is important for children’s emotional development. This helps them to develop strong friendships and healthy relationships later in life
  • Hug your children, tell them you love them and praise them when they do well
  • Violence and physical punishment can stunt a child’s brain development and lead to children becoming violent
  • Any suspected abuse or neglect of child abuse should be reported to the police or a social worker

SOCIAL PROTECTION

  • All children have the right to a name and a nationality. Be sure. To register your child’s birth and get their birth certificate
  • Some children, such as those whose parents have low incomes, those with disabilities and children who are OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children), are eligible for child grants and should apply for the grants with the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare

FATHERS INVOLVEMENT

  • Both parents should be involved in the development of the child
  • Children who’s fathers are actively involved in their lives are more likely to be happy, healthy and successful
  • Even when parents are not in a relationship, both parents should be actively involved with the children. Paying maintenance money is important, but fathers should also spend time with their children and develop an emotional bond with them
  • Step-parents should treat all children in their household equally

Here is a 4 minute video that addresses Responsive and Stimulating Care

Even from birth, children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections.
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