CPMS: Making a difference for children in Burkina Faso
“The Child Protection Minimum Standards training has really changed our day-to-day work”, says Ousmane, a child protection worker from Bobo-Dioulasso. “One example is Standard 15 (Case Management). We used the detailed guidance on case monitoring and referral to improve existing systems. Now vital information is collected and safely stored so that unaccompanied, separated and other at-risk children can access appropriate services. This was not the case before the CPMS training.”
In Burkina Faso, Terre des hommes is charged with leading the roll-out and implementation at country-level. Since early 2013, Tdh has been working to strengthen local child protection capacity as part of a refugee support project, co-financed by UNICEF and the UN Refugee Agency.
5 training sessions have engaged 90 individuals from 30 different organizations: local and international NGOs, UN agencies and a range of government ministries including health, education, social protection and justice. This has resulted in a marked improvement in child protection across the targeted areas of the country, encompassing both Malian refugees and children from host communities.
“From my perspective, the training on Standard 1 (Coordination) has clearly improved the quality of the child protection response,” says Mariam, a humanitarian worker from Ouagadougou. “It was when staff from different sectors came together to discuss the CPMS that we mapped out the many interventions taking place across the region. We realized that we could maximize our impact by collaborating more closely and better coordinating our response, notably Humanitarian Response and Development.”
A representative from Burkina Faso’s Ministry for Social Welfare and National Solidarity explained, “The Child Protection Minimum Standards are now on the curriculum for trainee social workers. Students are expected to know them inside out, and they regularly feature in university and professional examinations.”