In October 2014, a face to face training on Child Protection in Emergencies was held in the Republic of Yemen, co-organized by the Learning and Development Task Force, UNICEF and Save the Children. Newly translated materials in Arabic were launched (also available at cpwg.net). Participants will go on to train other child protection actors in the region throughout December 2014.
20 participants gathered in Bangkok in early December for inter-agency coordination training delivered by the CPWG and Plan International. Drawing on our different experiences - from dedicated national coordinators, NGO partners to double-hatting sub cluster leads - we explored all six cluster functions via hands on simulation, role play, group discussion and presentations. Feedback on the training was overwhelmingly positive. Participants highlighted improved capacity and confidence in delivering their role and the strength of developing new peer networks. The next coordination training will be in 2015: Places are limited so keep an eye out on the CPWG website for information on how to apply!
This report presents the results of the structural review commissioned by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) in June 2014. The review assessed the current CPWG global level forum’s scope of work compared to its agreed mandate and the results achieved or not achieved, but focused primarily on formulating forward-looking recommendations and options for the CPWG’s scope of work post 2014. Click here to read more.
From 20 to 24 October 2014, a Child Protection in Emergencies Face to Face Training, together with a launch event for the Child Protection Minimum Standards, was held in Melbourne, Australia. Co-organized by the Learning and Development Task Force and Save the Children Australia, the workshop was attended by 23 participants from 6 agencies and programme leads for the East Asia and Pacific Region, Somalia, South Sudan, Mali, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A key output was the development of the Australian Partners' Regional-level Action Plan.
From 17 to 21 November, the global Child Protection Minimum Standards Task Force and Save the Children co-funded a ‘Training of Trainers’ for frontline workers in Southern Turkey. A major challenge was getting participants based inside Syria across the unstable border.
Delivered in Arabic and coordinated by UNICEF and Save the Children, 25 workers from local and international NGOs were trained on Child Protection in Emergencies and the CPMS. It was agreed that a Child Protection coordination mechanism inside Northern Syria was urgently needed.
This document presents examples of best practices in child protection coordination in emergencies, as shared by child protection coordination groups in the specified countries. Arranged in line with the six coordination functions, examples were compiled during the 2014 CPWG Annual Retreat for Coordinators of Child Protection. Read more...
From 5 to 7 November, the UNICEF-led global Child Protection Working Group held its annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. One highlight was an expert panel discussion on what’s being done to protect girls and boys in current emergencies: the Central African Republic, Iraq, South Sudan, Syria and Ebola.
Questions came from the audience in Geneva, as well as practitioners in Colombia, Iraq, China and the USA via Twitter (@CPIE_Global and #14CPWG).
Topics covered included innovations and good practice, such as the use of radio in South Sudan to promote child protection messages and reduce the numbers of unaccompanied and separated children. Participants working in Iraq discussed the challenges in the provision of essential psychosocial support to children on the move, and the importance of a mobile approach. In the Central African Republic, practitioners stressed the importance of strengthening community-based mechanisms to protect boys and girls at risk. In Syria, with 10.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance (almost half the population), the importance of mainstreaming was emphasized – bringing a child protection perspective to all humanitarian action. In terms of the Ebola response, where more than 7000 children have lost at least one parent, it was suggested that the serious, long-term impacts required urgent attention.
All agreed on the need to work with the Child Protection Minimum Standards, as a key tool and reference document for humanitarians worldwide.
The CPMS Task Force held their general meeting in Geneva this week. One important topic for discussion was how to effectively gather and incorporate feedback on the Minimum Standards. A Child Protection Specialist from West Africa said “The Minimum Standards are the basis for our Child Protection work, but the Ebola epidemic has highlighted areas for revision. For example, we cannot build Child-Friendly Spaces where there is risk of contagion. Measures to prevent separation and abandonment are not so relevant when we are working with large number of orphans.”
To provide feedback and comments on how the CPMS are working in your context (including mainstreaming)