From February 12-13 and 19-20, the Filipino CPWG in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao facilitated a Psychosocial Training for Educators, together with partners in education. 66 elementary/high school teachers, 6 Day Care Workers and 3 Tahderriyah (Islamic Pre-school Staff) attended. The training was organized in response to the Mamasapano incident on January 25, when 44 members of the police force were killed in pursuit of international terrorists and psychosocial distress was noted among children. The teachers then integrated psychosocial activities in their classes. The CPWG members “adopted” schools where they will mentor and coach the teachers on psychosocial support and also respond to other possible child protection issues in the schools or communities.
From 26 to 31 January 2015, the CPMS and Learning and Development Task Forces held a “training of trainers” in Bangkok, hosted by World Vision International. Over 4 days, participants studied and discussed the revised Child Protection in Emergencies Training package, now based on the CPMS. This was followed by a 1.5-day workshop dedicated to the facilitation of CPMS processes. Participants came from agencies committed to the roll-out process, as well as consultants in the global resource pool. The workshops will be repeated in Beirut from 23 March 2015, and a Francophone version will be held in late 2015.
“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.”
Emergencies often increase the possibility of children coming into contact with the justice system. The Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) include a standard on Justice for Children, focusing on juvenile justice undermined by severe emergencies such as armed conflict or large-scale disasters.
CPMS 14: “All girls and boys who come into contact with the justice system as victims, witnesses or alleged offenders are treated in line with international standards.”
The CPMS Task Force has identified a need to support the implementation of this standard with further research. In partnership with the International Bureau for Child Rights www.ibcr.org , the Task Force will undertake a desk review of justice for children in humanitarian contexts. The review aims to identify lessons learned, good practices, challenges (at institutional, policy, operational, funding level etc.) as well as available technical expertise (tools, training etc.) to prevent and respond to associated issues in emergencies. The Standard focuses on juvenile justice, with a lesser emphasis on accountability and redress.
You can contribute to the review by:
• suggesting names and contact details of people to interview;
• indicating names of country programmes that address these issues;
• highlighting any documentation or existing research on the topic.
Please contact the IBCR on email@example.com if you would like to be involved and share your expertise.
From 17 to 19 December 2014, the national Child Protection Working Group in the Democratic Republic of the Congo organized a Child Protection Minimum Standards workshop. 40 participants attended the training, including government staff working in the areas of protection and welfare, as well as staff from local and international NGOs.
Copies of the CPMS and associated resources were disseminated. The workshop aimed to give participants an introduction to the CPMS, and the introduction to the Child Protection mainstreaming process. Participants were equipped with the skills to go on and train other child protection actors, with a view to encouraging the systematic use of the CPMS.
In December 2014, a Child Protection Minimum Standards training workshop was held in Kabul, Afghanistan. 34 participants attended. including representatives from local and international NGOs and 8 participants from DOLSAMD representing all regions of the country. The workshop was facilitated by Save the Children Sweden with significant support from UNICEF.
The workshop included an overview session on Child Protection in Emergencies. All four pillars of the CPMS were covered: quality, child protection needs, strategies and mainstreaming in other humanitarian sectors. On the last day, an action planning session determined the process and timelines for a training of trainers, contextualization and one-year follow up process.
Save the Children and UNICEF have drafted a one-page concept note. The key outcomes of the one-year follow-up process includes:
- A core team of Child Protection practitioners will be trained to strengthen capacity at national and provincial levels to ensure quality response and follow up to emergencies, based on the Child Protection Minimum Standards;
- Child Protection actors in Afghanistan will improve the quality of their child protection programming and its impact on children;
- Child Protection will be mainstreamed in other sectors.
The Indonesian government and civil society joined together for a 3 day minimum standards workshop in January 2015. The purpose was to adapt the Child Protection Minimum Standards to the local context. The group had a highly productive time, focusing on 11 of the standards. The draft text will be circulated within the government and at sub-national level over the next 2 months. The aim is launch them with a Ministerial decree in July 2015. This CPMS exercise went on to influence the government’s draft, national Standard Operating Procedures, as well as a week-long Child Protection in Emergencies training, organized by the Indonesian Government's Ministry of Social Affairs, World Vision Indonesia and UNICEF, with the support of the global CPWG.
In November, a Great Lakes Regional Workshop was also held in Burundi. Participants came from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania. Standards 1 and 13 (Coordination and Unaccompanied and Separated Children) were identified as priority standards. Participants committed to continue the process of contextualization and cross-border dialogue in 2015