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Stepping Stones with Children eBook

A transformative training for children affected by HIV and their caregivers
By Gill Gordon
ISBN: 9781780448947

Stepping Stones with Children (available in Swahili) covers a wide range of topics with a gendered and child-rights focused framework and is essential reading for social workers, community workers, health workers and NGO staff working on programmes with people affected by HIV; also researchers and academics teaching and advising in this field.


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  • Synopsis
    Acquiring HIV may no longer be a death sentence, but its effects are still profound. Many people living with HIV face rejection and are unsure about their futures, and these anxieties may be felt all the more keenly by children and young people. Stepping Stones with Children equips organizations and individuals with materials with which they can engage children affected by HIV and their caregivers, using powerful exercises to convey information, explore norms, discover their abilities, and individually and jointly create stronger ways of being. The training sessions cover a wide range of topics with a gendered and child-rights focused framework including psycho-social wellbeing and resilience, assertiveness, bereavement, HIV testing, living well with HIV, preventing sexual abuse, and supporting survivors of abuse. They cover issues facing all young people growing up, which might be particularly challenging for those affected by HIV – from friendships at school, to relationships, sexuality, and livelihoods. Each of the sessions clearly explains its overall purpose, and sets out the aim and method for each activity. Most activities are carried out with the participants working in their three separate peer groups of younger children (5-8 year olds), older children (9-14 year olds) and caregivers. Sometimes each peer group works in gendered-sub groups. The three peer groups sometimes work together, or come together to share what they have learned and to negotiate new ways of relating to one another. Stepping Stones with Children follows on from Stepping Stones and Stepping Stones Plus, which are training materials widely used in workshops with older youth and adults affected by HIV. Stepping Stones with Children is essential reading for social workers, community workers, health workers and NGO staff working on programmes with people affected by HIV; also researchers and academics teaching and advising in this field.
  • Table of Contents
    About the authors
    Acknowledgments
    Abbreviations and acronyms
    Stepping Stones with Children Book 1
    Introduction
    Session 1: Getting started
    Session 2: Using our brains
    Session 3: Gender and sex
    Session 4: Child rights and sexual and reproductive rights
    Session 5: The tree of life
    Session 6: How to be assertive
    Session 7: All about virtues
    Session 8: The power of love
    Session 9: Bringing out the best in each other
    Session 10: Coping with loss and the tree of love
    Session 11: Understanding death and coping with our feelings
    Session 12: All about HIV
    Session 13: Testing for HIV and talking about it
    Session 14: Living well with HIV
    Session 15: Partners in health care
    Stepping Stones with Children Book 2
    Session 16: Friendship
    Session 17: Going to school
    Session 18: Managing alcohol and other drugs
    Session 19: When we are growing up
    Session 20: Relationships, love and sex
    Session 21: Our sexual feelings and sexual safety
    Session 22: Pornography
    Session 23: Delaying, starting, and stopping having sex
    Session 24: All about condoms
    Session 25: Children by choice not chance
    Session 26: Protecting each other from sexual abuse
    Session 27: Supporting survivors of sexual abuse
    Session 28: Learning and contributing
    Session 29: Livelihoods
  • Endorsements
    ‘This is a very important manual for children and caregivers. It will help support the building of closer relationships through meaningful communication that helps children and caregivers overcome barriers and build a close and supportive family unit.’
    Martha Tholanah, Global Chair, International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS

    ‘Programmes and manuals like Stepping Stones with Children can make the difference for a human being between a healthy development and a vision of a world with possibility, and in the most extreme cases life overshadowed by death.’
    L'Orangelis Thomas, a young woman living with HIV
  • Details
    Sub Title A transformative training for children affected by HIV and their caregivers
    Author Gill Gordon
    Editor No
    Number of Pages No
    Format eBook
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