The centres offer informative, education, training and recreational activities for women and the family. A wide range of free courses is offered with the objective of further empowering the status of women in Mauritius. Amongst we have hairdressing, beauty care, yoga, glass painting, and handicraft. Besides, various sensitizations programmes are organized. We also have various clubs and associations attached to the centres such as agricultural clubs, sports clubs, women associations.
2. How can I participate in these activities? You can go to the centre nearest to your place. Enroll for any of the courses run at the centre. If you do not want to enroll for any course you can still benefit from the facilities offered at the centre by participating in the various education, informative and recreational activities held at the centre.
3. Where are the centres found? There are 12 women centres spread throughout the island. They are as follows:
4. When are the activities run?
Each centre has a calendar. All training activities are run from Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sensitisation activities may occur after normal office hours.
5. What are the benefits I can derive from activities run by the women centres as a woman, in my family life and as a career woman?
I can learn on issues regarding women like legal, health issues. I can also have access to free training. The courses and sensitization will not only help me as a woman but also help my family.
6. Are women centres meant only for women?
No. Children can join the KITES Club for creativity activities. Couples are encouraged to join for sensitization activities.
7. Can I have activities on Saturdays?
Some sensitisations are done on Saturdays depending on the calendar of activities. KITES Club for children up to 18 years old are open on Saturdays.
8. Is there an age limit to benefit from activities from the centre?
9. Are the courses free of charge?
Yes. All the courses offered at the centre are free of charge.
10. How many courses can I follow at the centre?
You can follow at least two courses at the centre.
11. Are the courses MQA approved?
No. The courses are not yet MQA approved.
12. Will I get a certificate after following the course?
For 3-month courses you will be given an attendance certificate. And for 6 months and 10-months courses, you will have to sit for an exam after which you will be awarded a certificate which is recognized only by the Ministry not by outside bodies.
13. How can I register myself for the course?
Enrolment for the courses is opened throughout the year. You can go to the nearest centre in your neighbourhood.
14. How can I follow the course after registration?
After registration, you will be convened to attend the course you have chosen as and when the courses start. The rule followed in this context is on a first come, first served basis.
15. Who is eligible to follow the courses at the centre?
Young girls, school drop-outs, women staying at home, working women are all welcomed.
16. What is the Child Development Unit (CDU)?The CDU is the executive arm of the Ministry to deals with the cases of:
(a) Child Abuse
- Physical - Sexual - Emotional - Neglect
(b) Child Abduction
(c) Foster Care
(d) Tardy Declaration
(e) Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Intervention is carried out:
- To make enquiries where it is suspected that a child is being exposed to harm or danger.
- To provide advice and counselling to parents with problems leading to ill-treatment of children.
- To make and keep regular contacts with problem families with a view to ensuring that the children are not exposed to harm of any kind.
- To brief District Magistrates on cases requiring Emergency Protection Orders and Committal Orders.
- To provide information to the public at large about the Child Protection Act and the possible consequences of non-compliance with the provisions of the Act through talks, lectures, seminars, and workshops in Youth Clubs, Schools, Colleges, Social Welfare Centres and Community Centres.
17. What types of services are offered by the CDU?
- Intervene into cases of child abuse
- Assist victims of child abuse in recording of statement by the police.
- Legal Advice
- Rehabilitation & Reintegration of Children in their Families.
- Placement of children in place of safety
- Psychological support
- Referral services
18. Can the caller keep his Confidentiality?
Cases can be reported at the CDU without revealing one's identity.
19. What are the different regions where the CDU is operational and the
Family Support Bureau Tel. No.
Mare d'Albert 6271600
20. What is CDU/Child Protection Unit? The CDU/Child Protection Unit (CPU) is a unit where Child Welfare Officers work together with the Police Officers. It is operational at Floreal, Bell-Village, Mare D?Albert, Flacq and GoodlandsAt the CPU, joint investigations and interviews are carried out by the Child Welfare Officers and the Police and the main purpose behind that is to minimize trauma of victims of child abuse.
21. What are the purposes of setting up the Child Protection Unit?
The need of CDU/CPU has arised in an endeavour to reduce the further traumatic situation that a child undergoes by giving long statement at police station level. Especially sexually abused children.The child is only once interviewed in the presence of Child Welfare Officer, a Police Officer in civilian dress and a psychologist.The victims do not have to attend police stations. Statement is further channelled to the Police Inspector of the police station.
22. How does the CDU/CPU operates? Cases of child abuse are referred by the public in general, medical practitioners, teachers and all institutions dealing with children's issues.Home visits are affected by officers.Children are removed from the dangerous places and placed in a temporary shelter of the Ministry through issue of an Emergency Protection Order by the District Magistrate.
Actions are taken at - Child level
- Parent level
- Interactional level
- Family level
- Community level.
Referral are made to other agencies depending on the nature of cases.23. What is the Community Child Protection Programme?
It is a formal forum to ensure community development with respect to child protection and welfare. This programme will allow for interplay of dynamic top down and bottom up forces to provide for equilibrium in an otherwise open system, and as such will be a recipient of much information, education and communication campaign as well as empowerment processes.
24. What are the objectives of Community Child Protection Programme?
The Community Child Protection Programme will comprise of the following:
The District Child Protection Committees to take cognizance, review and monitor Child Protection issues at their level.
The Community Child Watch to be set up in the immediate locality of high risk areas to ensure early detection and reporting of child at risk cases.
The Case Conference at Family Support Bureau level with officers of the Ministry to review and monitor the handling of cases and so to expedite as far as possible on lessening trauma and trigger early rehabilitation of children victims of abuse and neglect.
The Area Child Protection Committee comprising regional stakeholders to ensure better collaboration and coordination in the handling of cases.
The National Child Protection Committee to coordinate and monitor the work of the 6 ACPCs, to develop and agree on policies, review and monitor procedures for inter-agency work for protection of children, to make appropriate recommendation to ensure coordination and concrete action, including training/IEC in relation to Child Protection.
25. How do I/We become Foster Parent/s?
Individual/s willing to become foster parent/s are required to fill in application forms which are submitted together with necessary documents. The application forms are then processed.
For any information, contact:
The Foster Care Unit 3rd floor, CSK Building Cnr Rémy Ollier and Emmanuel Anquetil Building Port Louis Mauritius Tel: 217-0418 240-1359
26. How long does it take to become a Foster parent?
After the submission of the application forms, the documents are screened at the level of the sub-committee of the Foster Care Advisory Committee. It is then recommended that at Home Study Visit be effected at the place of residence of the foster care applicants. The outcomes of the visit are then discussed at the level of the sub-committee of the Foster Care Advisory Committee. Recommendations are then made to the Foster Care Advisory Committee for the registration of the applicant as foster parent.
It takes a maximum of three months for an applicant to be registered as foster parent if no problems are identified.
A child can be placed with an applicant as soon as the latter is registered as foster parent.
It might also take some time for a child meeting all the characteristics requested by the applicant to be identified.
27. For how long does a child placed with a foster parent stay with the latter?
The length of stay of a child with his foster parent depends on the specific circumstances of the biological parents of the child. Initially, the length of stay may range from 2 weeks to two years.
28. Can a child being fostered be adopted?
Yes. However, the adoption procedures should be undertaken at the Supreme Court at the expenses of the foster parent. The Ministry does not interfere in the procedures.
29. How old are the children being placed in foster families?
Children aged from a few days to 18 years old can be placed in foster families.