Protection code and new hotline on Curaçao

Recently, Curaçao gave the go-ahead for the implementation of the Kódigo di Protekshon. This is a ‘protection code’, comparable to the Dutch reporting code for domestic violence and child abuse. Following the development of this protection code, a delegation from Curaçao was on a working visit.

They also discussed the development of the new hotline for all forms of violence including: child abuse, partner violence and elder abuse. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Social Development, Labour and Welfare (SOAW), the Ministry of Justice, NGOs, and the National Coordinator of the Kódigo di Protekshon.

Online knowledge tool tackling child abuse

Augeo Foundation is working with the Ministry of SOAW, the University of Curaçao and UNICEF Netherlands in the ‘Awareness-raising and Capacity-Building Toolkit for the protection of all European/Caribbean Children (ACT4ECC) project’ co-funded by the European Union. Aruba is also part of this project. Together with professionals on both islands, an online tool is being developed with knowledge, tips, stories of experience, videos and exercises to support professionals in tackling child abuse and taking steps to provide or organise help when needed.

Trainers and attention officers can use the online tool in their support role to professionals, in addition, professionals can consult the toolkit directly for specific questions.

Insights from Dutch professionals

During this working visit, experiences were exchanged on dilemmas professionals encounter when working with the reporting code and lessons learned in the Netherlands. Recent outcomes of a survey and reflection meetings on the reporting code were shared. It was also indicated how Augeo Foundation, in collaboration with parties, supports professionals. In addition to the online tool, an informative online magazine for Curaçao and Aruba is being developed on the theme of growing up safe.

Read more about the launch of the Kódigo di Protekshon