Contextualizing the CPMS in Sudan
“A valuable opportunity to advance the discussion around child protection in emergencies in Sudan.”
From 8-12 February 2015 the Child Protection Sub-Sector in Sudan organized a highly successful CPMS contextualization workshop. The workshop brought together participants from diverse backgrounds: the State Council of Child Welfare, the Ministries of Social Welfare, Education, Defence and Culture, the Family and Child Protection Unit of the Sudanese Police, the Humanitarian Aid Commission, the DDR Commission, the Commission of Refugees, UN agencies (UNICEF, UNHCR, UNFPA) and I/NGOs (ICRC, Plan Sudan, Save the Children, Global Aid Hand, Friends of Peace and Development Organization, Child Development Foundation).
9 Standards were contextualized:
- 1. Coordination
- 3. Communications, advocacy and media
- 5. Information management
- 8. Physical violence
- 11. Children associated with armed forces or armed groups
- 13. Unaccompanied and separated children
- 15. Case management
- 16. Community-based mechanisms
- 20. Education.
By using the morning sessions to introduce each standard, facilitators ensured that participants entered the afternoon discussion with a good knowledge base. The active participation and high level of expertise within the group was appreciated, and participants valued the opportunity to advance the discussion on child protection in emergencies. The workshop concluded with plans to finalize the contextualized Minimum Standards and initial ideas for the roll-out of the handbook at national and regional levels.
Special thanks to the core group of Child Protection Sub-Sector members (Islamic Relief WorldWide, National Council of Welfare, UNICEF, Plan Sudan, Save the Children, Women Initiative Group, Friends of Peace and Development Organization and Global Aid Hand) who were responsible for all the preparations.