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  Global Child Protection  Area of Responsibility

Newsletter 

January to March 2019

01  CP AoR Rapid Response Team Deployment Updates

Joint Child Protection and Gender-based Violence Working Group Workshop in Tunisia
 
The Global CP AoR deployed Paola Franchi, CP AoR Rapid Response Team (RRT) Coordinator, to Tunis to support the UNICEF Libya country office in setting up a Child Protection Working Group (CPWG).  During this time, Child Protection and GBV prevention and response actors explored gaps, challenges, and achievements in delivering quality services to girls and boys affected by the crisis, and one issue highlighted as both a significant need and potential area for collaboration and streamlining was related to how best to care for child survivors of sexual abuse. 
 
Thus, in early 2019, the Child Protection and GBV Working Groups requested technical support from the Child and Adolescent Survivor Initiative (CASI), UNICEF Regional Office, and Global GBV and CP AoRs to engage in a workshop with partners of both working groups.  A joint workshop was held in March 2019 in Tunis, Tunisia and brought together 23 participants from six INGOs, four local NGOs, and four UN agencies  (see picture to the left). During this workshop, teams identified areas of collaboration within response services, prevention activities, advocacy, awareness raising, and capacity development in case management.

By the end of the workshop, participants created a joint work plan, outlining activities for the remainder of 2019 that will improve joint CP and GBV referral pathways and mechanisms and strengthen capacity around case management and psychosocial support for child survivors.  The final report from the workshop can be found here.  This type of joint CP and GBV AoR workshop is being replicated in at least four other countries, supported by CASI (a joint GBV AoR, CP AoR, IRC, and NRC initiative). For more information, contact Irene.Quizon@nrc.noMegan.Lind@nrc.no, and jennifer.lee@rescue.org, and, to learn more about the CASI CP/GBV Community of Practice, visit the resource folder here.  

Working with the Government of El Salvador to Strengthen Child Protection Coordination in Emergencies 


Petra Heusser, CP AoR Deputy Coordinator seconded by Swiss Humanitarian Aid, deployed to San Salvador in early February 2019 to work with government representatives to strengthen child protection coordination in humanitarian action. She was joined by Yesica Serrano, the CP AoR Help Desk en Español.  The purpose of the visit was to bring together local authorities, civil society actors, and colleagues from international organizations to analyze the current coordination system for child protection in emergencies in El Salvador and devise strategies to strengthen protection systems for children affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.  

El Salvador has one of the highest homicide rates in the world (see graph below), which has a severe impact on children and their families. In the first half of 2018, there were 2,560 homicides, or 9 per day, with 31% of homicides happening in San Salvador.  Children are particularly affected by sexual violence, with child survivors making up nearly 80% of all reported sexual assault cases.  In addition, children as young as 7 years are being recruited into gangs, and gang violence is leading to children being killed, maimed, abducted, or experiencing other forms of violence.  Other serious risks include the institutionalization of children, particularly children with disabilities, which puts children at greater risk of abuse, and the militarization of schools, which is reducing the protective space that a school ought to be.  Both the increase in asylum applications submitted by people fleeing the region as well as large collective displacements, such as the recent migrant caravan, point to an unbearable situation for many in El Salvador and its neighboring countries, Honduras and Guatemala.


El Salvador's Supreme Court of Justice only acknowledged in July 2018 that forced displacement exists in El Salvador. However, Petra mentioned that “many actors still don’t readily recognize displacement as a humanitarian emergency that requires immediate and urgent action. While the emergency response is well structured for natural disasters, the work and coordination to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of girls and boys in situations of armed violence still needs much strengthening.”

One outcome of the meeting with government, civil society, INGO, and CP AoR actors included the recommendation to create a National Sub-Commission specifically for child protection coordination, which would be part of the existing structure that is activated in situations of national disasters.  Other recommendations included focusing on child protection risks associated with forced displacement, sexual violence prevention and response, and the recruitment of children, all of which will be included in the INSPIRE National Action Plan to be prepared in early to mid 2019.  More on the INSPIRE National Action Plan will be shared later in the year.  

02 Trainings & Events 

Child Protection Coordination in Humanitarian Action - French Training in Dakar
 
The CP AoR Rapid Response Team and French Help Desk organized its first French CPiE Coordination Training in Dakar, Senegal. It took place from 04 - 08 March 2019 and aimed at providing newly recruited or potential Child Protection Coordinators with key operational tools and competencies to perform tasks related to the core coordination functions at national or sub-national levels. Twenty-three colleaguesrepresenting Governments, national and international NGOs, Standby Partner Roster members, and UNICEF from 10 francophone countries throughout West and Central Africa as well as Haiti, participated.

Through facilitated sessions and simulations, participants improved knowledge of the humanitarian architecture and coordination system and practiced skills related to core coordination functions necessary throughout each step of the Humanitarian Programme Cycle. Participants were extremely enthusiastic throughout the training, sharing their experiences in coordination and eager to learn more, and many are staying in touch with other participants, the trainers, and French Help Desk following the training for continued support.  

Child Protection Coordination Training for Standby Partners

UNICEF and UNHCR have continued to further develop a Child Protection Training for Standby Partners (SBP) in response to the changes that have occurred in the Child Protection sector over the last several years. The most recent training took place in Gerzensee, Switzerland from 1st to 6th April 2019, supported by UNICEF, the CP AoR, UNHCR, and SDC. Twenty-four participants from Standby Partner Rosters as well as staff from UNICEF and UNHCR participated (see picture below). Child Protection (CP) is continually one of the two highest profiles of need for UNICEF (alongside WASH) among SBP country requests, and the profile of these SBP requests has broadened to encompass CP experts in both specific thematic areas (e.g., case management, family tracing and reunification systems) and general child protection profiles, requiring diverse skill sets.  UNICEF and UNHCR have been partnering on this training since 2014 and will continue to support roster members in further developing their child protection capacity. 
                                  
Upcoming Events 
  • The Global Protection Cluster (GPC) and Child Protection, Gender-based Violence, and Mine Action Areas of Responsibility (AoRs) are organizing the 2019 Annual Meeting from 20th - 24th May in Bangkok, Thailand.  Each AoR will meet separately for the first three days, where the CP AoR will cover assessment and analysis, quality of child protection responses, advocacy and communication, and new resources from the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.  These three days will be followed by two days together with the GPC and other AoRs, focusing on the protection of children in armed conflict, coordinating with governments in conflict, and the humanitarian programme cycle, including funding and new processes.  Outcomes from the Annual Meeting will be shared in the next newsletter. 
  • The CP AoR and UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office will hold a five-day training on Operational Tools and Skills for Effective CPiE Information Management from 10 - 14 June 2019 in Dakar, Senegal.  Participants will include CP Information Management Officers and other data focal points.  View this flyer for more details.               
03 New and Upcoming Resources 

The Child Protection AoR and International Rescue Committee (IRC) developed a learning paper on behalf of the Global Protection Cluster and all AoRs, focusing on Advancing the Localisation Agenda in Protection Coordination Groups.  This learning paper is a product of the GPC and AoRs’ localisation initiative, reflecting learning from seven countries over the course of 2017-2018.  The report describes the Localisation of Protection initiative as "an approach that supports...local partners to take their rightful place at the centre of the humanitarian system and to influence and shape the humanitarian strategies and interventions that affect them."  The report discusses trends, good practices, and recommendations based on desk reviews, localisation self-assessments with coordination groups, key informant interviews, country visits, and other methods to analyse local actors’ engagement in protection coordination groups.

A related resource coming from the Humanitarian Policy Group and Australian Red Cross is a research paper on Protecting People in Locally Led Disaster Response, which affirms distinct and important continued protection roles for national, local, and international actors in the Pacific.  


Another new tool is the inter-agency Guidance on strengthening disability inclusion in Humanitarian Response Plans developed jointly by the seven UN participating agencies in the DFID Humanitarian Investment Programme: UNICEF, UNHCR, WFP, OCHA, IOM, WHO and CERF. The new 2019 HNO and HRP templates have a stronger focus on disability, and the intent for this guidance is to assist country clusters in better integrating data on disability in the HNO and HRP development process to ensure the humanitarian response is more inclusive.

Upcoming Resource: Working with Governments Guidance Note
In early 2018, the CP AoR, with support from the Norwegian Refugee Council's ProCap, drafted inter-agency guidance on working with national and sub-national authorities, particularly in situations where authorities are involved in the conflict.  The CP AoR has now recruited a consultant to finalize the draft, which is planned to be presented at the forthcoming GPC meeting in Bangkok at the end of May.  More details will be shared in the next newsletter.  

04 Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) for Children on the Move


Since January 2019, the inter-agency DTM for Children on the Move support role received 23 support requests from UNICEF and IOM colleagues working in HQ, in 4 regional offices, and in 7 country offices. CP AoR colleagues are encouraged to contact the Project Coordinator for remote or in-person facilitation on collaborating with DTM, identifying information needs, selecting indicators for DTM data collection, and for guidance on how to analyze and use DTM data. Country-specific information on DTM (contact information, data collection methodologies, published reports, and downloadable raw-data) may be found when searching by country on the following website:   https://displacement.iom.int/
 
The project is looking for volunteers willing to pilot the indicators and tools for integrating child protection into DTM Location Assessments and/or Flow Monitoring Surveys. Selected pilot countries will benefit from the following support:
  • In-country facilitation with CP partners on running a workshop to identify CP information needs, draft questions/indicators, and draft the CP data analysis plan
  • In-country facilitation with DTM on integrating CP into their systems: leading discussions on proposed new indicators, drafting inter-agency sensitive data sharing pathways, establishing the DTM urgent action process, and facilitation of intro to CP & GBV training for DTM enumerators.
  • Analysis of the first 2-3 rounds of data to identify required changes to the indicators/questions to improve reliability
  • Support to CP Coordinators and Information Management Officers to identify the uses of the different DTM datasets for CP strategic planning, coordination, response and reporting.
Colleagues interested in having their respective countries considered as pilot locations for the DTM for Children on the Move project should contact the Project Coordinator: Shannon Hayes shayes@unicef.org.

05 Children on the Move Online Course 


Registration is now open for a new online course focusing on Caring for Children Moving Alone: Protecting Separated and Unaccompanied Children, available in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish.  
 
The course was developed by the University of Strathclyde and CELCIS (Centre for Excellence for Children's Care and Protection), with technical advice from FXB Harvard and the Inter-Agency Task Force and support from various agencies, including the Global Partnership to End Violence, UNICEF, IFRC, IOM, UNHCR, and others. This project was initiated in recognition of the fact that despite the huge number of children concerned (worldwide, over 50 million children are estimated to be on the move) who are at higher risk of abuse, violence and exploitation, first responders are not well equipped to respond to the particular needs of these children.
The course is a free six week online course available on the Future Learn digital platform (the certificate will also be free). The course content includes first-hand experience from professionals, volunteers and young people to equip care workers to better support unaccompanied and separated children. There will be five sessions of the course starting on 27 May 2019.

Each weekly module contains approximately two hours of online learning with two hours of reading.  One can stop/start the course at any time, and, if the learner is unable to complete the weekly module, then they can complete it at their convenience.  The course is geared towards frontline workers, social workers or case workers, government personnel, NGOs and grassroots organizations, and students in social work /those working with children. 
Learn More about the Caring for Children Moving Alone Online Course

06 Decentralised, Language-specific CP AoR Help Desks

Child Protection coordination and thematic-related remote support in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish is available for Child Protection Coordination Group members (e.g., national NGO, government, INGO, and UN members). Each decentralised Help Desk works closely with the Global CP AoR Help Desk and Rapid Response Team as well as other child protection technical experts to ensure coordinated, quality technical support.  More details about types of support offered & how to contact are included in the flyers specific to each help desk. For general information, contact cp-aor@unicef.org
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The purpose of this newsletter is to share Child Protection Coordination updates and enable members to exchange information on coordination and information management. If you would like to share a resource, raise a specific issue, or reach out in any other way to the global CP AoR, please email us at cp-aor@unicef.org.

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