The Careline Community Outreach
The focus goes beyond centre proper to outlying areas in need of support. Careline has both a prevention and proactive focus incorporating substance abuse education, prevention and awareness in the community, taking an aggressive approach to reducing drug and alcohol abuse, working with schools and parents implementing a prevention project.
“Children without appropriate care” encompasses a broad range of children who are not receiving suitable, continuous and quality care, nurture and guidance at a physical, emotional, social and psychological level from their families or from other primary care givers that are meant to replace the family environment and are responsible for their well-being and development.
The reality facing South Africa is that of Child Headed Households. The “extended family” has become the norm and often the primary caregiver in such an extended family is a child (under the age of 18). These child-headed households face the same general problems, such as the fact that children in these households do not qualify for the child support grant or the foster care grant, the two main grants which are currently being utilized.
– Substance Abuse – Education, Prevention and Awareness
– Work closely with the community, schools and parents
– Drug testing at companies
The Careline Crisis and Trauma Centre is committed to making a difference in the community and our main focus is on the education and prevention of substance abuse by our youth in schools.
This project is in partnership with the department of education regarding pregnancy, drug, alcohol abuse and the emotions of our youth through the trauma of substance abuse.
This project started in April 2012 and has proven thus far to be very effective. The learners/pupils have responded positively during the discussion phase.
We will be visiting the following schools in both urban and rural areas to run a prevention education and awareness program amongst the youth and educators together with workshops.
At the moment we are focusing on approx. 20 Government schools, because of the incredible lack of resources and facilities – these schools house the poorest of the poor and are the most effected by teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol abuse, which in turn causes emotional trauma.
One of the key tools that we want to introduce to schools both at primary and secondary levels is a Careline Substance Abuse Handbook.
This handbook will cover the following topics:
- Trauma during in the various growth stages
- The effects of childhood trauma on the brain
- Steps on how to deal with the trauma
- Parents identifying drug use in their children
Support is needed in the following areas:
- Publishing and Distribution
- Workshop and Awareness campaigns
- Hand outs