15 June 2020 | More than 10,000 Pathfinder and Adventurer leaders in Brazil were recently trained in prevention of child abuse.
Leaders took the training during the coronavirus lockdown in the country.
The leaders were trained on Brazil’s Child and Adolescent Statute (ECA) 1990 legislation.
The ECA seeks to ensure enhanced child protection.
The course was made available by the South American Division (SAD) Pathfinder and Adventurer Ministries in eight modules, all online.
The training follows growing concerns about child abuse within denominational entities.
According to the division’s director of Pathfinders and Adventurers Ministry, Udolcy Zukowski, similar courses will soon be made available in Chile and later in other countries in the region.
The SAD reported the course in Brazil was presented by lawyer Augusto Rocha. His goal was to promote healthy development in children and adolescents through local Pathfinder clubs.
According to the SAD, Sheila Belmont, from the Delta Pathfinder Club, in Belém, Pará, said that “understanding about ECA is extremely important for all of us who work with children and adolescents, because in some situations, without knowing it, we could be acting inappropriately, and it is important to understand how we should conduct ourselves.”