The Good Touch Bad Touch Puppets Flipchart Project was developed to be a way of communicating with children about abuse, dignity, and safe boundaries through the use of puppets and story.
The Flipchart, developed by Love146, Chab Dai and Resource Development International (RDI) uses puppets to tell a story of three children who were affected by abuse in different ways. Love146 recently initiated the pilot process to test the Flipchart Project with three NGO’s, developing a quality product for use with children across Cambodia. The Flipchart Project helps children understand the difference between good touch and bad touch and how to stay safe. This project is a catalyst in opening up discussion and creating a safe place in which children may choose to disclose about their experiences. So far this Project has reached 180 participants from 23 NGO’s in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Poipet and Suhanoukville. The age ranges identified in participants was 8-12 years old. In the pilot of this project, there were no reports of children being upset or distressed by the Flipchart Presentation although it gave the chance for some children to make comments which revealed they had an awareness of abuse. Teachers and facilitators found it easy to use the Flipchart and recognized that it empowers them to help children feel safe.
Recently, four trainings have been conducted for social service workers, other adults and community leaders, equipping them with the best practices to bring the Good Touch Bad Touch Flipchart to children in their communities. The following trainings occurred in the past month across Cambodia:
Wednesday October 12th, 2011 in Phnom Penh
Tuesday October 18th, 2011 in Siem Riep
Wednesday October 19th in Poipet
Wednesday October 26th in Sihanoukville
Read more and view the flip chart here.