A workshop to contextualize the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was held in Dadaab, Kenya, from 16-17 January 2014. Organized by UNICEF, the event attracted 37 participants from 14 organizations.
After an introduction to the CPMS, participants prioritized 6 standards requiring particular attention in the Dadaab context: Standard 1 on Coordination; Standard 6 on Child Protection Monitoring; Standard 9 on Sexual Violence; Standard 13 on Unaccompanied and Separated Children; Standard 15 on Case Management and Standard 20 on Education and Child Protection. Working in groups, participants used their local knowledge and expertise to assess the current situation in Dadaab against a chosen standard. They reviewed existing Child Protection Programming and identified gaps, using CPMS 'Key Actions' to select and tailor indicators for Dadaab.
The 6 prioritized Minimum Standards were then built into an updated CPWG action plan. One participant commented "The workshop helped usunderstand how the CPMS could be used in our activities. It fostered a spirit of joint ownership and has improved how the CPWG agencies work together."
A follow-up workshop on Psychosocial Counselling in Child Protection and Sexual and Gender-based Violence was held in March. Two additional workshops, focusing on Mainstreaming and Information Management are planned for later in the year.
Participants represented UNHCR, Save the Children, Terre des hommes, the Refugee Consortium of Kenya, Handicap International, CARE, Islamic Relief, Kenyan Red Cross, Womankind Kenya, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the Danish Refugee Council, Windle Trust Kenya, the Center for Victims of Torture and LWF.