November 11, 2020

Exhale challenges / Inhale empowerment

Deirdre Blackie (Dee)

During this workshop you will be introduced to the Courage Child Protection Toolkit and Community Engagement Process.  This includes understanding the disempowering nature of child protection challenges, and the equally empowering nature of solving them at a community level.  Delegates will be taken through a range of exercises with supporting literature and toolkit elements which will assist them in:

  • Defining a community vision for children
  • Identifying, understanding, and prioritising child protection challenges
  • Moving from disempowered to empowered child protection
  • Understanding child protection and safeguarding processes
  • Identifying and working with our community child protection partners
  • From rights, to responsibilities to meaningful behaviour change
  • Developing an empowered action plan

Templates will be sent to delegates prior to the workshop. All Courage toolkit materials are available online for free download, or a printed version can be purchased at cost price. Please see (these materials are not required for the workshop).

The workshop will be facilitated by Deirdre Blackie – CEO Courage Child Protection


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Dee Blackie

About Deirdre Blackie (Dee)

Deirdre Blackie is a child protection researcher and community worker in Johannesburg South Africa.  Following a 15-year career in business consulting and change management, she started working with communities concerned with child protection, child abandonment and adoption in 2010. She facilitated the creation of a National Adoption Coalition for South Africa in 2011, and since then her primary focus has been on creating awareness and engaging with communities around child protection challenges.  Her master’s research explored the lived experience of child abandonment and adoption in South Africa, and her PhD research has taken her into the field of disability, with a specific focus on atypical children and critical autism studies. Deirdre launched Courage in 2015, a community engagement programme aimed at assisting child protection officers and communities to address the challenges they are experiencing every day. Over the past five years she has used this programme and toolkit to empower meaningful change in the care and protection of our children in communities around the world.