CASE MANAGEMENT: THE INEVITABLE SKILL IN PREVENTING A CASE FROM ESCALATING INTO A CRISIS(2)

It has taken me three weeks to come back to this discussion and it is painful…It is always best to strike the iron when it is very hot…But I found that I was locked out of my own schedule…I lost control of it and could not understand it. My case is that of a man, who prayed for open doors and hundreds of strategic doors are opened before him simultaneously…He must never complain…He must only ask for the divine wisdom to respond to all the doors adequately, leaving none unentered.

As, I prepare to go catch a flight out of my station for yet another open door, I decided to see the possibility of taking this discussion a bit further.

I am here concerned about CASE MANAGEMENT. How do we manage a case, with justice in mind for the child and community, where there is a case of abuse for whatever reason in our domain either as a an institution of learning or a child-focused organization.

There are many foundational issues to managing a case or cases and all of them must not be lost on anyone, who is interested in offering genuine counsel to stakeholders.

The first plague that I have seen in managing cases is the interest of the child-focused organization vs the interest of the child. In most cases many child-focused organizations put the interest of their organization first before the interest of the child. When they are operating in that mode, they become blind to the justice of the matter and begin to defend the most indefensible acts or omissions.

The truth of the matter is that a child-focused institution may not be negligent in a case of abuse, but where it is constantly positioned to act in the interest of the child, its response is always wrapped in the caring gloves of empathy and concern for the child.

The truth of the matter is that when the child-focused organisation is even absolved of all blames, it will not be a ground not to be empathetic in handling the case. The truth of the matter is that a child and a family are hurting and it goes a long way to assuage their hurts, when the child-focused organization throws in the towel of pride and self-defense, eat a fresh humble pie and adorn the pacifying toga of care, with the carefully made embroidery of empathy.

When a child-focused organization is negligent, empathy, coupled with coming clean on areas where they are wrong diffuse tension a great deal and appeases the vigilant and often impartial face of justice. The standard is that a child-focused organization does not only own up when its fault or facts of negligence are clear or obvious. It is expected to even disclose facts that are not within the public knowledge but will help in resolving the matter at hand in the best interest of the child.

Our organization has a child protection policy and it is clearly stated therein that where we are found wanting in a case of abuse of children under our care, we will promote the interest of the child over the interest of our company and if for whatever reason our company have to go down because of such exposure so be it.

Our thinking is that we exist for the children, their rights, protection and preservation of their children, it is bad enough that we cannot guarantee that these precious children are safe when they are put under our care but it is worse that we become a cover-up agents, thereby attacking the purpose for which we are set up. In the real sense of it, the day children are not safe under our care or they are abused and we cover it, is the day we stop existing.

I wish every child-focused organization, irrespective of their nomenclature will know, understand and embrace the foregoing thinking and it will provide mutual comfort for the children, the child-focused organization and the general public.

Permit me to state here that justice and the commitment of child-focused organization to its universal tenets is a proof of the cardinal principles, upon which a Child-Focused organization is built and a very strong indication that children are safe under their care.

Case management is a window to the commitment of a child-focuses organisation to the protection of children. An occurrence of a case of abuse against a child doesn’t expose the soul of a child-focused institution like its response or management to same.

I think I should rest my case here and join you next week to take this discussion to another point or conclusion point.

I invite you to Think the CHILD…Think TODAY…Think the FUTURE…
Do have an INSPIRED week.
Your IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILD,
Taiwo AKINLAMI
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A WEEK OF GRATITUDE

I, The Preacher is full of gratitude today to God for His mercies in keeping my beautiful bride and I as we celebrated our 10th year of HONEY MOON on Friday, November 25, 2016…

I, The Preacher and my beautiful and forever young bride appreciate all who drop by to drop words and gifts…We consider all INVALUABLE, particularly the thoughts…

I, The Preacher gladly announce today that our So You Want to Run a S.A.F.E Children/Teenage/Youth Department held at our LEAD Haven and Research CRIB, Magodo, Lagos yesterday, November261116…It was a FULLY BOOKED class as every single seat was SOLD OUT…We had great testimonials from participants, which we shall share in the days ahead…

I, The Preacher places on record today by way of most profound gratitude, the participations from the following highly distinguished ministries and institution of learning in alphabetical order:
1. Compassionate Outreach Ministries
2. Daystar Christian Centre
3. Dayspring Chapel
4. Foursquare Gospel Church
5. House on the Rock
6. RCCG: House of David
7. RCCG: Joseph’s Palace
8. RCCG: Promised Land
9. The Father’s House Church
10. The Father’s House Rehoboth International
11. Winsmart Schools
I, The Preacher and our dedicated team cannot thank you enough for believing in us and demonstrating the belief by registering for the program…

I, The Preacher also places on record by way of special gratitude to our dedicated team at the Taiwo AKINLAMI Academy led by our ably able Executive Director, Oluwafunmilayo AKINLAMI, Admin/Program Officer, directly in charge of the program, Chika MBANUZUE, Admin/Program Officer, Chimdi KALU, Utility Officer, Gabriel ADEOSHO, a friend of the house and former member of staff of TAA, Victor OBASI, who came in to support the cause…

I, The Preacher announce that we are not washing our nets yet for the glorious Year 2016…We have 2 programs to go…

On Saturday, December 3, 2016, our last iProtect Forum holds. It is for parents and it is FREE but REGISTRATION is COMPULSORY…The time is 1.00PM-4.00PM. We look forward to receiving you…

On Saturday, December 17, we shall hold our I’M DSSMARTTEESSTT Academy. The goal of the academy is to teach TWEENS and TEENS their INEVITABLE ROLES in their PROTECTION, using the tool of VALUE BUILDING and SOCIAL/STREET SMARTNESS…Your TWEENS and TEENS cannot afford to miss this UNIQUE CLASS…

I, The Preacher, BABA AGBOMOLA 1 of Africa is forever certain of a glorious end of the year and a greater future ahead with God on our side and your invaluable support.
Do have an INSPIRED week and I remain Sober on my Knees on THIS LORD’s day.
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IRINKERIDO ONIWASUN(BABA AGBOMOLA) ATI AWON EKO IYEBIYE (THE SOJOURNS OF THE PREACHER AND THE INVALUABLE LESSONS)

I, The Preacher declares today that sojourns are nothing but a waste of life, if they are not PROPELLED by DEFINED PURPOSE and a BIG NOSE for LESSONS…

It in these spirit that I, The Preacher will like to share with your distinguished selves some of my sojourns both in recent past and near future and the invaluable lessons therein…

Friday, November 11, The Preacher was invited to join other stakeholders to discuss final outcomes in the new initiatives in Child Justice Administration System in Lagos State…The hosts of the program were UNICEF and the Lagos State Government…The meeting again reveals that it is futile to develop social interventions programs without actively engaging the users and their representatives…Thanks to UNICEF and LASG for engaging with us…

Saturday, November 12, The Preacher preached the Glorious Gospel According to Child Rights/Protection and Family STRENGTHENING at the Annual Parents Forum of Trinity College, Ofada…The Parents besieged our stand, signing up for our iProtect Academy and picking up our other materials…The lesson again dawned on The Preacher that primary and secondary caregivers are truly looking for AUTHENTIC DIRECTION and they know one when they see it…

From Sunday 13-Thursday 17, The Preacher actively participated in the UNICEF-organized Child Protection System Strengthening Training for Trainers..I, The Preacher, though made immense contributions, being an ideologue in the field also, I learnt again that when you refresh others you must make out time to be refreshed for you to remain fresh and attractive…

Friday, November 18, I, The Preacher preached the Glorious Gospel to school leaders at the annual conference on Safety in schools, organized by Advocacy Against Negligence in Schools…It was a passionate and emotional delivery for The Preacher, for AANIS was founded by the parents of Morenike ARULOGUN, who died in a boarding school under very QUESTIONABLE circumstances…The ARULOGUNS, apart from fighting gallantly and commendably for justice for their only daughter, vowed that no child MUST be allowed to experience what Morenike experienced through their consistent advocacy efforts…These are selfless Nigerians, whose noble cause, I, The Preacher, unashamedly support…The high point for The Preacher was when the members of the club, Put Them Right, founded by Morenike in her primary school at the age of 9 came to do a mind blowing presentation about our collective Personal Social Responsibilities…Morenike lives on…Her legacies are bigger in years than she spent on earth…Surely is her soul resting in PEACE…

Saturday, November 19, The Preacher presented the Glorious Gospel at home, to the entire distinguished members of the Children’s Department of his highly esteemed local assembly, The Fountain of Life Church, under the committed leadership our my dear brother and friend, Bro. Olumide OKEOWO, disseminating So You Want to Run a SAFE Children/Teenage/Youth Department? The Preacher again learnt that there is no VALIDATION, ACCEPTANCE and SUPPORT greater than when your own people, before whom you were formed, found your contents so desirable to put every other thing aside on a very busy Saturday and made a commitment of TIME and ENERGY to learn from you and also invest in your materials…I, The Preacher remains humble…

On Sunday, November 20, I, The Preacher was received at the RCCG, Joseph’s Palace, Amuwo Odofin in their 3(three) services, under the able leadership of the amiable and humble under shepherd, Pastor Felix ONI, preaching with great fervency to the glory of the Father, The Glorious Gospel According to Child Rights/Protection and Family Strengthening…I, The Preacher again learnt that truly God has given us an ELOQUENT MOUTH and a UNCOMMON WISDOM concerning the protection of our precious children and strengthening the family to play her primary role…

On Monday, November 21, I, The Preacher shall board the first flight out of Lagos to Calabar, facilitating for 1(one) full day, for the British Council at the Fast Forward Program, the Child Protection component, which The Preacher is privileged to have developed and disseminated in Lagos and Rivers State, to the indescribable admiration of the distinguished participants…I, The Preacher has learnt that FOCUS generates IMPACT and ATTENTION…

Saturday, November 26, I, The Preacher shall take the stand at our in-house program, holding at our LEAD Haven and Research Crib, disseminating So You Want to Run a SAFE Children/Teenage/Youth Department? It is a fully booked class…When The Preacher considers the caliber of the distinguished local assemblies, who have registered for the program, I, The Preacher can now conveniently conclude that do you see a man, who is diligent in his work, he will attract KINGS and not OBSCURE FLIES…

I, The Preacher, BABA AGBOMOLA 1 of Africa is forever optimistic that greater works are ahead, as we gratefully celebrate God’s open doors and earnestly desires your kind prayers…
Do have an INSPIRED week and I remain Sober on my Knees on THIS day.
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iProtect For Schools Weekly CASE MANAGEMENT: THE INEVITABLE SKILL IN PREVENTING A CASE FROM ESCALATING INTO A CRISIS(1)

Case or cases are inevitable in life and business…In fact, to think that we will run a case-free life, either small or massive will amount to living in an Island, called mirage, where ALICE is the undisputed QUEEN…

What do I mean by case or cases? I mean a situation that occurs by our commission, omission, failure of the system which we operate or operate in, human foibles or in few instances by an act of God. For example when a child is abused when under the custody and care of a school. That is a case. A case of this nature may be attributable to negligence of omission or commission, purely human or system imperfections, considering that in very few life instances, we are forced as human beings to succumb to the imperfections that are inherent in the human and the systems we create.

Permit me to note that it is my fundamental position that with the right system of protection, professionally institutionalized, abuse of children within the school system or anywhere else for that matter is entirely avoidable. This kind of ‘avoidability’ only answers to a professionally entrenched system of protection, codified into a policy.

It is important to note however that while I am deeply persuaded about the foregoing, I am again very conscious that we live in an imperfect world where in very few instances, the best of efforts may not provide the best of protection. This may be due to loopholes within the system, which are unforeseeable to the custodians, despite applying all meticulousness. Thus every system, no matter how strongly established must be conscious of the fact that inherent in it is the huge opportunity of improvements through learning helpful lessons from its failures, big or small. Therefore, whether a case occurs to test the efficacy or effectiveness of a child protection system or not, experienced and insightful experts in child protection do not only unrepentantly insist on periodic review of the child protection system but also embed in the system a review provision.

It is important to note that irrespective of the causative agent of a case of abuse, hope is never lost as long as the school know what to do to respond to same. It is called CASE MANAGEMENT. It is important to note that every case no matter how big or small or the causative agent, (remote or immediate) has a SEED of CRISIS in it. It is also important to note that the SEED of CRISES in a case does not have a life of its own except the one given to it or taken from it by the managers of a case through CASE MANAGEMENT.

In my field experiences and personal studies, cases of abuse, irrespective their magnitude or minuteness in the Nigerian schools are further escalated by very poor case management…

I have hardly found cases where school management succeeded in good or excellent CASE MANAGEMENT. A school does not need the crisis that the mismanagement of a case may engender, as it doesn’t represent the BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD, but managers often do not understand this fact in the way they manage or mismanage cases of abuse.

It is bad enough for a child to be exposed to an abuse in a school, it worse for the case to be mismanaged. This constitute nothing but double trouble for the child and his/her family.

Permit me to sign out right here and invite you to join me next time as I hopefully will bring this very important discussion to a deserved foreclosure next time.

I invite you to Think the CHILD…Think TODAY…Think the FUTURE…Do have an INSPIRED week.

Do have an INSPIRED week.
Your IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE PRECIOUS AFRICAN CHILD,
Taiwo AKINLAMI
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FRIENDS…FOLLOWERS…FELONS…FOES…DO YOU KNOW WHO SURROUND YOU? DO YOU CARE TO KNOW? TIME TO TAKE CAREFUL AND NECESSARY INVENTORY…

I, The Preacher have been in the trenches for the better part of my adult life, representing sundry causes and commitments…

I make bold to say that I will not be prideful, if I say the Struggle(s) is My Life, with many indelible scars and countless perils…Peril of poor decisions and errors of judgment; peril of hunger, peril of lack, peril of broken promises, peril of pseudo comrades, peril of spies, peril of flirts, peril of sycophants, peril of users, peril of Judas, peril of failed social system, peril of Third World…

If today I pretend to owe anyone an apology or repentance for what I represent as CAUSE and The Preacher of the Glorious Gospel According to Child Rights/Protection and Family STRENGTHENING, I shall be the chief of wasters and cowards, who has paid too much and yet will present before the swine the blood and sweat-earned pearls so gained from so great perils…

Yet, I must never lay claim to immutability of ideology or perfection of character as that will amount to the TREASON of competing with the only perfect God, perfect in Himself and all His ways…

This day, I, The Preacher has reached to my PLEASURE and SCARS to share with you with for your own benefits, dear fellow sojourners, with almost oracular precision of the categories of men and women that show up once you REPRESENT and LEAD a CAUSE…

How well you will do and how far you go in your cause will largely depend on your GRACE and SKILLS in the DISCERNMENT of men and women when they show up, claiming to be FOR your CAUSE…

The NUMBER ONE and MOST PRICELESS skill of a Street-SMART CRUSADER must be to develop the razor-sharp INSTINCT to DISCERN all men, beyond the LURING POWER of SUBTLETY…It is the POWER to SEE beyond the OBVIOUS…

Here are the categories of people that you will surely find around you…I am sure because they were all around my LORD, WHOM I SERVE, WHOSE I AM:

The TOUCH BEARERS: These ones are God-sent to you to give you DIRECTION…They are first very SECURED in themselves that they bring you on SPEED to SAIL on their SOARING WINGS…They have nothing to PROVE with you but to PRUNE you for your own IMPROVEMENTS…

The TOUCH BEARERS LABOUR hard until the RIGHT MIND and VALUES be formed in you for the CAUSE for which you have been called…They LOVE you too much to LEAVE you to YOURSELF, even when you don’t see what they SEE…They SEE AHEAD…They SAY AHEAD…They LEAD AHEAD…They PUSH AHEAD…

Even in your DEEPEST MESS, they SEE a MESSAGE..With these ones, you don’t argue…You REASON with them and follow their INSTRUCTIONS as if your LIFE depends on it because your LIFE ACTUALLY DEPENDS ON IT…These are FINGERS that have FED you and LIFE demands that you may most respectfully DISAGREE with them but you must NEVER bite those FINGERS as they are SACRED to you.

These ones have secured a PERMANENT REFERENCE POINT in YOUR DIARY of CHANGE, Your LIFE and Your CAUSE…Their CORE MOTIVATION in working with you is, ‘The WORLD is a MARKETPLACE. SACRIFICES are its REWARDS…They are not PERFECT, yet they DESERVE your UNRESERVED HONOUR and CELEBRATIONS and most importantly your PRIVATE and PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, for they are not COMMON at all…They are RARA AVIS…Yes they truly ARE…

The FOLLOWERS: They come around you for the CAUSE…They truly SEE their DESTINY and RELEVANCE in the CAUSE…They OWE their LIVES to the CAUSE and OWES The CAUSE their LIVES…

They HONOUR you genuinely as the SYMBOL of the CAUSE…With FOLLOWERS, a CAUSE never dies even when the SYMBOL dies..

When there are FOLLOWERS, death comes too late…The FOLLOWERS are not ashamed of their FOLLOWERSHIP and therefore points to the FOLLOWED as their SOURCE both in PRIVATE and PUBLIC…They LAVISH the FOLLOWED with PUBLIC ACKNOWLEDGEMENT…They are not ASHAMED to be COUNTED as a FOLLOWERS…

The FRIENDS…These ones have all the attributes of a FOLLOWER and MORE…

FOLLOWERS, often adores the SYMBOL of a CAUSE to a fault that they are not able to tell him/her the TRUTH as they see it…FRIENDS rise to the occasion all the time to SPEAK the TRUTH as they see it to their ADORED SYMBOL, yet in all HUMILITY, HONOUR and DECORUM…FRIENDS risk their LIVES to say the TRUTH not to talk of their FRIENDSHIP…Friends KNOW and PRACTISE these DIVINE PRINCIPLE, ‘Faithful are the WOUNDS of a FRIEND…OPEN REBUKE is better than LOVE CONCEALED…’

The BELIEVERS/ANNOUNCERS: These ones believe in you and your CAUSE…The LORD has touched their HEARTS for you…They do not only give you their hard-earned PLATFORMS, they also ANNOUNCE YOU to others within their NETWORK…The LORD uses BELIEVERS and ANNOUNCERS to OPEN INCREDIBLE DOORS for you, yet without demanding any STRING…They are GREAT SOULS, blessed of the LORD with a large HEART for others PROGRESS…

The FLIRTS: There ones are driven by nothing and if they are driven at all, it is by their NEEDS or BELLY…They lack understanding of any CAUSE, though, they DROP THE PRINCIPLES thereof…

These ones go to where they think things are happening; therefore, you cannot hold them down to any SYMBOL or CORE IDEOLOGY…They are tossed to and fro by every WIND of DOCTRINE on the slippery STREET called, FARE-WEATHER…

The SYCOPHANT: These ones sing your PRAISE for their OWN GAIN, strictly for their OWN GAIN…SURVIVAL is their CAUSE, PRAISE-SINGING is their TOOL…They praise your GOOF as GOOD for their own GOOD…These ones set up an UNWARY LEADER or a man or woman on a MISSION for his/her WATERLOO faster than a horde of vicious and well-equipped army…

The USERS: These ones take ADVANTAGE of your TRUST, MAGNANIMITY and PURENESS of HEART…They simply USE you and when they are done, they DUMP you and RETREAT to seek yet another VICTIM…Their WORDS are as LIGHT as their HEARTS, for from the abundance of the HEART, WORDS PROCEED…It is the ULTIMATE CHARACTER of USERS to VIOLATE your GOOD WILL, doing VIOLENCE to MUTUAL RESPECT…

The SPIES: These ones seems to know WHERE they are going but do not know how to get their on their own…So they see themselves as a voice, who just need to know what works…They come as FOLLOWERS but they have the heart of COMPETITORS, employing SUBTLETY as a CORE TOOL…SPIES do not ACKNOWLEDGE you as their SOURCE…They even use your REGISTER/WORDS, CONCEPT and CONTENTS without your CONSENT and ACKNOWLEDGING you…SPIES do not FOLLOW, they BENCHMARK you and DENY you the GLORY…You must BEWARE of them, they are after the SECRET of your EDGE like Delilah was after SAMSON’s…

The JUDAS: These ones seek their own CAUSE and PERSONAL GAINS, violating your SPACE…They are often TRUSTED people, who have no SHARE in your CAUSE but took you in by DEFT DECEIT…

They are the BRUTUS, yet very close to the throne of CAESAR…They nurse nothing but INORDINATE AMBITION and lack STRENGTH of CHARACTER to stay to what they hold out themselves to be to you…

They MANIFEST in the very day when NECESSITY is PLACED on them to give a VOTE of CONFIDENCE to the CAUSE they claim to REPRESENT or its SYMBOL, they CLAIM to ADORE…

Their INTEREST OVERRULE their CONFESSION of COMMITMENT and LOYALTY…IT’S to YOU that TRUST is INVALUABLE but to them TRUST is yet a LURING tool to get you caught UNAWARES…They are masters at DOUBLE-DEALING and finding the SLIGHTEST EXCUSE to SIDE UP with SUBTLE or VIRULENT enemies of your CAUSE, even when they seek your LIFE to take it…JUDAS are MOLES in your SYSTEM…

I, The Preacher, as a veteran in the trenches of personal and social struggles, having come in contact with all the species of men and women in the CATEGORIES analyzed above…I conclude that FOLLOWERS are FEW…FEWER are FRIENDS…Few are BELIEVERS…yet FEWER are TOUCH BEARERS…MANY are JUDAS, MANY MORE are SPIES…yet MANY MORE are SYCOPHANTS and USERS…

I, The Preacher, NOW KNOW like the back of my hands and NAME their PROFILES and must by the INEVITABLE DEMANDS of DIVINE WISDOM, treat all CATEGORIES according to their INTENTION and ACTIONS or OMISSIONS and not by their PROFESSION…To GIVE HONOUR to WHO HONOUR is DUE and CAUTION to WHO CAUTION is DUE…

To do otherwise is to become the sad story of a WISE man, who died at the backyard of a FOOLISH man…

Like my MASTER, I, The Preacher must KNOW ALL MEN and yet GIVE MYSELF NONE…I must KNOW NO MAN after the FLESH but after their CHARACTER…

So HELP US GOD as we sojourn CIRCUMSPECTLY on earth to do GOD’s WILL…That He may say to us, WELCOME GOOD and FAITHFUL SERVANTS…

Do have an INSPIRED week and I remain Sober on my Knees on the LORD’S day.
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