The Child Protection sub-cluster in south Turkey conducted a family tracing and reunification workshop from 17 to 18 December 2015. The purpose was to orientate partners on FTR and agree on a common cross-border response. 38 participants attended from national and international NGOs, UN agencies and the Syrian CPWG. A plan of action was drawn up, including the following recommendations:
(i) Prioritize FTR in child protection case management
(ii) Identify FTR focal points in each organization
(iii) Standardize FTR tools and continue training partners in northern Syria.
Category:Events & Training, News
With over 3.1 million IDPs and 250,000 Syrian refugees, Iraq continues to be one of the most severe and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian crises in the world. Over 47% of those affected are children who continue to be in dire need of protection and assistance.
Grave violations of children’s rights have increased in the period from June 2014 to May 2015, with 2,042 children (1,055 boys, 897 girls, 90 sex unknown) affected in 666 violations, compared to the same period in the previous year.
Activated in August 2014, co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children, and operational in 18 governorates across the country, the Child Protection sub-Cluster in Iraq has over 30 member... read more
"One step closer to delivering quality psychosocial support to all children and adolescents in emergencies in Sudan."
On 23 November 2015, key partners of the Sudanese Child Protection sub-Cluster -- the National Council for Child Welfare, UNICEF and Ahfad University -- launched the national minimum standards training manual “Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents in Emergencies.”
The much-awaited manual has been under development for the last 18 months, including a situation assessment of psychosocial support and child friendly spaces in North Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, as well as piloting in North Darfur and White Nile. It is aimed at all... read more
From 18-20 November, a UNICEF-supported Child Protection Minimum Standards contextualization workshop was held in Pakistan. Pakistan has a devolved disaster management system, with national, provincial and district authorities. The workshop focused on the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, where the child protection sub-Cluster is active due to the prevailing complex emergency situation. 8 standards were selected for contextualization, and participants recognized the need to contextualize other standards in the near future. Local government representatives have announced plans to endorse the contextualized standards in due course.
Pakistan is... read more
Category:News, Minimum Standards
From 5-10 October UNICEF WCARO and Côte d’Ivoire Country Office supported a training of national counterparts on child protection in emergencies. The training was envisaged as part of emergency preparedness, particularly in the context of the upcoming elections (presidential, legislative and local). 34 professionals, including 26 representatives from government at national, regional and local levels, attended from 7 regions of Côte d’Ivoire, as well as 8 child protection professionals from international and national NGOs. All participated actively and enthusiastically, demonstrating a high level of engagement with capacity building and preparedness activities.
As a result,... read more
The CPWG Rapid Response Team Information Management Officer, seconded by UNICEF, recently visited Nigeria. An information management system was established to support the Child Protection Sub-Cluster’s monitoring of their situation and response in the framework of the Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO) and Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) 2016. Over the course of a 2-week mission in Chad, the Information Management Officer supported the Child Protection Sub-Cluster in the formulation of their HNO, HRP and Refugee Response Plan for 2016. The Information Management Officer will visit Chad in October, and other countries in the region are being supported remotely. At the regional level,... read more
30+ participants, primarily from S.E.Asia and the Middle East, attended a 5-day pilot workshop initiated by the Global Protection Cluster Task Team on Learning, from 6-11 September.
Focal points from global-level AoRs and partner organizations contributed to the drafting and delivering of the sessions. The training aimed to enhance participants’ understanding of protection principles and strengthen their skills in organizing and conducting learning initiatives on all protection aspects in the field. Among the protection issues addresses, an introductory session on child protection discussed the differences and complementarity between child rights and child protection in... read more
Aware that an emergency can happen at any time in the Philippines, UNICEF, in partnership with the Council for the Welfare of Children, developed the National Strategic Plan for Child Protection in Emergencies 2014-2016. The Plan guides regional governments in setting up mechanisms to protect children in emergency situations. To date, 8 of the 17 regional committees for the welfare of children have adopted policies signifying readiness to set up CPWGs to support child protection activities in emergencies. Members of all 17 regional committees have undergone Child Protection in Emergencies coordination training this September 2015, to orient practitioners on the CPMS, facilitate the... read more
The Minister of Social Affairs for the Republic of Indonesia, Her Excellency Khofifah Indar Parawansa, launched the contextualized Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action in Jakarta on 7 October 2015. The minister highlighted that the CPMS will now be the main reference for all stakeholders in responding to humanitarian needs in Indonesia: national government ministries and agencies, sub-national governments, civil societies, academia and volunteers.
The Minister commits to facilitate and engage community members in hundreds of “Disaster Resilience Villages” to strengthen preparedness and capacity to respond to child protection before, during and after... read more
Category:Minimum Standards, Events, News
In August, a Training of Trainers workshop for humanitarian staff was held in Japan. The week-long training covered Sphere and companions including the Child Protection Minimum Standards, HAP, People in Aid and the newly launched Core Humanitarian Standard. Organized by the Church World Service Japan (CWS), the week-long training included 21 participants from NGOs, UN and governmental aid agencies.
The training was the first event organized by the new JQAN (Quality and Accountability Network in Japan), launched in July by 17 member NGOs and led by CWS Japan.
According to Yukiko Maki of CWS, “the highlight of the training was the participant-led sessions and writing our own... read more