Counseling & Rehabilitation Department

Mrs. Eunice Ijeoma Anuforum (PhD)

Ag. NDI (Counselling and Rehabilitation)

Counselling and Rehabilitation department is one of the core departments in NAPTIP.The department, under section 9 subsection 4(a) and (b) of Trafficking in Persons Prohibition and law Enforcement Act 2003 as amended, is entrusted with the rehabilitation and counseling of victims of human trafficking. The departments is staffed by professional social workers, counsellors, psychologist, sociologist and medical officers with varying degrees of professional experience in the Human Trafficking. Presently, the staff strength of the department is One Hundred and Two (102). The staff are located in the eight Zonal Commands and the Headquarters of the agency.

From 2004 – 2014 a total of Eight thousand and six (8006) victims have been referred to the department. Two thousand, three hundred and fifty seven (2357) are male while Five thousand, six hundred and forty nine (5649) are female. Two hundred and forty nine (249) of the trafficked persons assisted by the department were empowered via return to school or acquiring vocational trainings, while additional Four Hundred and Seventy- Three (473) were further supported to establish their own businesses through the donation of trade equipments and provision of resettlement allowance to enable them cater for their personal needs. 
The department collaborates with relevant government ministries, agencies, NGOs and development partners in realizing its mandate. The department is divided into 2 Sections and with 7 Units. Each has distinctive roles to play in realizing the mandate of the department. The Sections are -: Policy Development, Coordination and NGO Section and Counselling and Rehabilitation Section
while the units are as follows:

The Programme Development Unit -: The functions of this unit are: programme development, policy formulation and mainstreaming gender in the activities of the Agency. 
Counselling Unit: It is a core Unit in the Department of Counselling and Rehabilitation. The unit attends to the counselling services required by the victims. It debriefs the victims to probe into the circumstances surrounding their being trafficked. The unit collects and collate information necessary for productive counselling sessions and keeps record of every session on each of the victims. The unit employs different counselling techniques and methods with confidentiality of information as the guiding principle of operational activities of the unit. Individual counselling, group counselling, psychosocial counselling, medical counselling, career counselling, family counselling as well as case conferencing are some of the methodology of operation of the units.
The activity of the unit also covers family tracing and family reunion of the victims. As a matter of fact, the unit has a very intimate relation and cooperation with the victims before handing over the baton of service delivery to the rehabilitation unit.
Rehabilitation Unit: The Unit provides assistance to trafficked persons through various vocational training programmes both within the shelter and victim’s community. It also offers life skills training programme for the victims as well as literacy and numerical educational activity. The unit has assisted to enlist many rescued trafficked victims in schools. It also provides trade equipment to victims that have completed their apprenticeship programme. Vocations like knitting, weaving, fashion design, tie and dying, arts work are among the vocation that are practiced in NAPTIP shelters.

Shelter management Unit: It takes care of the day-to-day running of the shelter facilities established for housing rescued trafficked persons. Services offered at the shelter include feeding, clothing, provision of  regular sanitation  products, recreational exercises,  basic educational class. The Agency operates eight shelters across the country with the capacity to accommodate the following numbers of victims.


S/N

LOCATION OF SHELTER

NUMBER OF BEDSPACE

1. 

Abuja

38

2.  

Lagos

60

3. 

Benin

40

4. 

 Uyo

45

5. 

Enugu

30

6. 

Kano

30

7. 

Sokoto

30

8. 

Maiduguri

20

9.

Markudi

20

 

TOTAL

313

TOTAL: 313 This statistics is on capacity rate and not occupancy rate.
Please note that NAPTIP operates transit and closed shelters because of the peculiarity of the Agencys mandate.  Length of stay is limited to 6 weeks.  Any person needing a longer stay is referred to the shelters owned by collaborating NGOs. 


NGO Unit: The Unit is responsible for coordinating the relationship between NAPTIP and NGO partners, both local and international, working in the area of rehabilitation and integration of victims of human trafficking. It collates, compiles and updates the directory of NGOs working in the area of human trafficking. It also pays serious attention to their authenticity and track record in addressing human trafficking issues.

Medical unit: The Unit is responsible for provision of medical services to the victims and coordination of relationship with other health care service providers.  Qualified nurses are attached to the eight mini-clinics of the Agency who renders first aid services and also make referrals to other health care service providers where necessary. 
Coordination Unit: The Unit coordinates and documents all the activities of the department. It collates and disseminates information about the activities of the department and its staff.  The unit also coordinates the monitoring and evaluation activities of the department.

Functions
Within the confines of the mandate of the Agency, the department of Counselling and Rehabilitation offers the following services to victims of human trafficking. Click

SERVICES RENDER BY THE DEPARTMENT
(i) Reception of victims
(ii) Provision of information on the rights, obligations and welfare of victims.
(iii) Provision of temporary accommodation for at least a period of six weeks or more if circumstances so demand.
(iv) Provision of general welfare services throughout the period of stay in care of NAPTIP.
(v) Provision of medical care and feeding through out their stay in NAPTIP.
(vi) Provision of counseling services and psychosocial therapy.
(vii) Carry out social enquiries and family tracing of victims.
(viii) Provision of career counseling services.
(ix) Provision of in-house vocational training services.
(x) Provision of life-skill services.
(xi) Provision of family counseling services, family tracing /reunion where necessary.
(xii) Referral to vocational training centres vocational trade master for a minimum of six months to acquire skills.
(xiii) Provision of trade equipments for empowerment.
(xiv) Monitoring victims for a period of 3 years before disengagement.
(xv) Keep the victims under the watch of the divisional Police officer in the area of residence to prevent any form of reprisal attack from the trafficker
(xvi) Keeping the victims under the watchful eyes of the community leaders and child protection network to keep track record of the victims.
(xvii) Referring victims to state ministry of women affairs for further processing and assistance.
(xviii) Referring victims to accredited NGOs for long time accommodation and vocational training service.
(xix) Collaboration with stakeholders across board.


The department is guided by the underlisted documents in the pursuit of its functions and responsibilities to the victims. These documents evolved over the years in the practice of social work as it relates to the peculiarities inherent in the rehabilitation and integration of victims of human trafficking as well as in the course of interacting and working with local and international partners in the field of human trafficking. The documents are:
National Policy on Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons: The policy is a compendium of rehabilitation and re-integration processes and strategies and available opportunities for victims. It also contains the rights and privileges of the victims as well as responsibilities of government, departments and agencies in the welfare of victims. The policy has been approved by the National Executive Council of Nigeria, the highest decision making body of the country in 2008.  Based on its relevance in assisting trafficked persons, in 2009, the ECOWAS   adapted the policy as an instrument for the region (Assisted by IOM, UNICEF and UNIFEM) Click

Strategic Implementation Framework (SIF) The Strategic Implementation Framework  (SIF) is a roadmap for fast-tracking the implementation of the National Policy on Protection and Assistance to Trafficked Persons in Nigeria.  The benefit of benchmarking are to improve the quality of services provided, set realistic performance targets, evolve innovative approach to operating and managing interventions and accelerate culture charge by making cooperating organizations accountable to the whole.  It is a published document (Assisted by UNFPA)  Click
Key Performance Indicators Guide: The Key Performance Indicators Guide (KPIG) serves as a guide for relevant stakeholders in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the policy document.  Monitoring and evaluation is presented here as a major tools for systematizing protection and assistance interventions and ensuring that intervention activities are appropriate and effective (Assisted by IOM).Click 1, 2, 3, 4

Training Manual for Care Givers and Investigators:  The development and production of the Training Manual is the joint effort of  NAPTIP and UNICEF.  The aim is to strengthen the professional capacity of all stakeholders engaged in training on trafficking in persons, especially investigators and care-givers.  The aim is to bring investigators and care-givers together in the same environment to foster the desired professional collaboration needed to provide a holistic service to victims of trafficking.  It will also influence the investigators to act as social workers while operating within the tradition of a law enforcer where victims are concerned..  This will foster human right approach and humanitarian perspective in the provision of services to victims of trafficking by law enforcement Agents. (Assisted by UNICEF)

Key concepts and ideas relevant to the professional development, growth and performance of care-givers and investigators were selected and developed into four sequential and mutually reinforcing modules by experts in the areas.  Consequently, appropriate numbers of units were developed under each module.

Facilitators’ Guide on the Training Manual:  was developed to attend to the methodological component that will provide the framework for the acquisition of the necessary skills for the delivery of the content of the manual.  It starts with an overview of methodology which provides details on training need assessment, statement of objective, institutional aids/resource required for training, delivery methods, strategies, techniques and evaluation of performance.  The overview is then followed by a well laid out implementation plan.  Both the training manual and the facilitator’s guide are restricted documents. (Assisted by UNICEF)
Guideline for Protection of Children in Formal Care:  is a document that strives to offer solutions to the issue of abuse and neglect of children in foster care by care givers.  The issue of abuse and neglect becomes worrisome when the institutions meant for the protection of children are implicated in the abuse and/or neglect of children.  The need to address this phenomenon nationally is therefore urgent and imperative to all concerned individuals and institutions.  Thus, the Agency in collaboration with UNICEF and other stakeholders decided to put in place a formidable structure that could guarantee the rights, safety and well-being of children in formal care institutions in Nigeria.  Click

Strictly guided by the above mentioned documents, the department has implemented several programmes to the benefit of trafficked persons.  The attached are few of the projects/programmes implemented in collaboration with various development partners and other stakeholders to improve the socio-economic and psychological status of victims of human trafficking.  Click