Two child protection training sessions were held in the Central African Republic this February, as well as two Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) contextualization workshops and follow-up mainstreaming activities.
40 participants from local and international NGOs, local government and national government attended the child protection trainings in Bangui (12-14 Feb) and Bossangoa (25-26 Feb). Sessions focused on a wide range of topics including “Essential Child Protection Principles”, using the CPMS as a guidance document; “Defining and Understanding Gender-based Violence”, with reference to Standards 8 (Physical Violence and other harmful practices) and 9 (Sexual Violence) and “Psychosocial Distress and Mental Disorders”, with special attention to brain development, attachment theory and toxic stress.
A total of 52 participants attended the subsequent contextualization workshops in Bangui (18-20 Feb) and Bossangoa (27-28 Feb). The following standards were discussed and adapted to the local context: Standard 8 (Physical violence and other harmful practices), Standard 9 (Sexual violence), Standard 10 (Psychosocial distress and mental disorders), Standard 11 (Children associated with armed groups), Standard 12 (Child labour), Standard 13 (Unaccompanied and separated children), Standard 15 (Case Management) and Standard 16 (Community-based mechanisms).
In early March, the Child Protection Sub-Cluster in the Central African Republic held meetings with WASH and Nutrition colleagues, as well as an Inter-Cluster discussion aiming to strengthen efforts to mainstream child protection across all humanitarian sectors. Participants were familiarized with the CPMS, and the WASH cluster decided to establish a working group charged to contextualize key child protection responsibilities for their staff.