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Senegal: Workshop on Child Protection in Emergency Coordination with 7 Governments of West and Central Africa Region

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December 2016. Dakar, Senegal.  On 19 & 20 December, UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), in partnership with the Child Protection Area of Responsibility (CP AoR) and the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, organized a workshop with 7 francophone countries aimed at strengthening the role of Governments in coordinating the child protection humanitarian response. Participants included Government and UNICEF staff from the following countries: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo and Guinea.

The workshop is a continuation of the workshop organized in Abidjan last year, with some 50% of the same participants.  Reaffirming the importance of Government leadership, topics discussed ranged from child protection systems and coordination to the Global partnership to End  Violence  and pathfinding countries.  This innovative initiative supports commitments taken at the International Humanitarian Summit and through the Grand Bargain (2016).  A similar workshop will be organized in 2017 with 10 new countries from within and outside the region as well as a contextualized training on CPiE Coordination (17 countries). Contact: Cecile Marchand (

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Du 19 au 20 décembre 2016, le Bureau régional de l’UNICEF pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre (BRAOC), en partenariat avec le Domaine de Responsabilité de la Protection de l’Enfance et le Partenariat mondial pour mettre fin à la violence contre les enfants, a organisé un atelier à Dakar avec sept (7) pays francophones.

L’objectif était de renforcer le rôle des gouvernements dans la coordination de la réponse humanitaire à la protection de l’enfance. Des gouvernements et du personnel de l’UNICEF du Burkina Faso, du Cameroun, Tchad, Congo Brazzaville, Côte d’Ivoire, République démocratique du Congo et Guinée ont participé à cette rencontre. Cet atelier poursuit le travail débuté à Abidjan l’année dernière  - d’ailleurs 50% des participants étaient les mêmes que l’année dernière.

Les thèmes abordés (la coordination des systèmes de protection de l’enfance, le Partenariat mondial pour mettre fin à la violence contre les enfants,  etc) permettaient de réaffirmer l’importance du leadership gouvernemental.

Cette initiative innovatrice soutient les engagements pris lors du Sommet Humanitaire mondiale (SHM) et par le Grand Bargain (2016). Un atelier similaire et atelier  de contextualisation sur la coordination du PESU seront organisé en 2017 avec 10  nouveaux pays – aussi en dehors de la zone BRAOC.

Cécile Marchand (

AoR and Alliance Annual Meeting

Events & Training, News on October 7th, 2016 Comments Off

From 14 to 18 November 2016, the Child Protection Area of Responsibility and the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action will hold their annual meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. Follow @CPIE_Global for the latest updates.

Several of the week’s sessions may be of interest to you. Highlights include:

  • The official launch of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action and new ways of working
  • Advocacy, including child protection in the post-2015 agenda
  • The Child Protection Minimum Standards: Implementation and awareness-raising activities
  • Assessment, measurement and evidence
  • Psychosocial and family interventions
  • Child participation
  • Community based child protection mechanisms
  • Case management
  • A UNCHR-led discussion on child protection in refugee settings.

If you would like to attend in person, please complete and return the Registration form > to There is limited financial support available for representatives of local organizations active in the field of child protection in humanitarian action. Please contact Raphael for an application form.

Leaving No Child Unprotected: WHS Event

Events & Training, News on May 20th, 2016 Comments Off

Governments, donors, humanitarian and development practitioners will meet on 23 May in Isbanbul to agree on a multi-stakeholder approach to ending violence against children.

The side event “Leaving No Child Unprotected: Child Protection across the Humanitarian and Development Divide” brings together influential speakers from diverse areas of child protection and child rights work.

Local child protection workers, governments, NGOs and UN agencies will showcase solutions, grounded in evidence and research. The event will map a compelling agenda to meet Core Responsibilities 3 and 4, as outlined in the Secretary-General’s report, An Agenda for Humanity, by reinforcing national/local systems and transcending the humanitarian/development divide.

Monday 23rd May 2016, 11:00am–12:30pm | Room Rumeli Hall 8 Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Center, Istanbul, Turkey

The Governments of Canada, Estonia, the Netherlands and Switzerland, in collaboration with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, ChildFund Alliance, Global March Against Child Labour, Global Partnership to End Violence against Children, Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes, UNICEF, War Child UK and World Vision International.

In 2014, nearly a billion children lived in countries affected by conflict and currently make up more than half of all refugees and nearly half of the world’s displaced population. However, children are often unseen, unheard and unaccounted for; their specific needs left unaddressed. Humanitarian crises can affect a significant proportion of a child’s formative years, impacting their safety, survival, growth and development. When lives are uprooted, the systems working to keep children safe – in their homes, schools and communities – may be undermined or damaged, increasing a child’s vulnerability to all forms of violence and exploitation. Child protection and education interventions continue to be underfunded, even though they are frequently identified by children, parents and caregivers as top priorities in humanitarian crises.

This side-event will bring together child rights advocates, child protection actors and supporters who will present solutions, based on evidence and research, and promote innovative partnerships to ensure adequate funding and galvanize support for lifesaving child protection interventions, including interventions to address the worst forms of child labour in humanitarian response mechanisms.

CPIE Coordination and IM Core Skills Training

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The Child Protection AoR, hosted by Save the Children, will run a CPIE Coordination and Information Management Core Skills Training in June 2016. The aim of the course is to enhance participants’ knowledge of CPIE coordination and IM and to provide an opportunity to develop and practice a range of core competencies identified as crucial for Child Protection Sub-cluster Coordinators, Co-Coordinators and Information Managers.

The training will be held in Sweden from 3 pm on 13 June 2016 to 5 pm on 18 June 2016. The training will be followed by a CPIE Coordination and IM Retreat for current Coordinators, Co-coordinators and Information Managers from 20-22 June 2016.

Those interested in attending the training should complete the application form and send it to Sara Lim (, together with a CV, by 15 April 2016.

For further information on the training, please contact Sara Lim.

Coordination Handbook

News on March 18th, 2016 Comments Off

The Child Protection in Emergencies Coordination Handbook (2016 edition) is now available!

The Handbook is primarily addressed to child protection coordination teams (including coordinators, co-leads and information managers) but also to members of child protection coordination groups, including NGOs, government representatives and other members. We hope that this document will serve towards ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in countries around the world.

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Niger: CPiE and CPMS Trainings

Events & Training, News on March 4th, 2016 Comments Off

The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) in Niger organized three trainings in Niamey and Diffa in December 2015, supported by Save the Children. 87 participants came from local and national government, local and national NGOs and international NGOs.

The CPWG in Niger works specifically to protect children affected by extremist violence and food insecurity.  Member organizations are involved in diverse activities, including child friendly spaces, family tracing and reunification, case management, supporting community-based mechanisms, support for children associated with or allegedly associated with armed forces or armed groups, as well as awareness-raising around child protection risks. As of December 2015, the CPMS have not been integrated into the Niger CPWG’s work plan.


1. Roll out and implementation of the CPMS

a)    Participants should develop concrete action plans for follow-up and ensure that knowledge acquired over the course of the trainings is shared within their teams, including with non-child protection colleagues.

b)   In view of current need and high staff turnover, Coordinators and CPWG members should consider organizing regular CPMS and CPiE trainings (annual / semi-annual).

c)    Available CPiE and CPMS videos and resources should be translated into local languages.

2. Training, supervision and self-guided learning

When an emergency strikes, multi-day training workshops may not be the most appropriate use of staff time and resources. However, alternatives should be put in place to ensure a quality child protection response. These may include in-work and self-guided learning opportunities.

3. Child and youth participation

The absence of child and youth representatives at the three trainings was noted as a missed opportunity to raise awareness of the CPMS and promote accountability. It is recommended that the Niger CPWG:

a) Facilitate the routine participation of children and youth representatives in meetings, especially trainings, with a view to building capacity and reinforcing child rights advocacy initiatives in Niger; and

b) Organize a CPMS workshop specifically for children and youth, tailored to their capacities and learning needs.

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Niger : Formations PESU et SMPE

Events & Training, News on March 4th, 2016 Comments Off

Le Groupe de travail sur la protection de l’enfance au Niger a organisé trois formations sur les Standards minimums pour la protection de l’enfance dans l’intervention humanitaire (SMPE), à Niamey et Diffa en décembre 2015 avec le soutien de Save the Children. Au total, 87 participants ont été formés, issus des structures étatiques, des ONG locales / nationales et des ONG internationales.

The GTPE du Niger œuvre à améliorer la protection des enfants touchés par les violences extrémistes, l’insécurité et les crises alimentaires récurrentes. Les organisations membres mènent des activités dans les domaines des espaces amis des enfants, de l’IDTR, de la gestion des cas, de l’appui aux mécanismes communautaires de protection de l’enfance, du soutien aux enfants associés ou présumés associés aux forces et groupes armés ainsi qu’en matière de sensibilisation sur les risques de protection. Toutefois, les SMPE ne sont pas encore intégrés dans les stratégies et actions du GTPE du Niger.


1. Vulgarisation et intégration des SMPE

a)    Les participants et leurs organisations ne s’étant pas préalablement engagés à des actions devraient faire suite aux formations.  Chaque responsable de programme devrait indiquer quelques actions de suivi de formation. Chaque organisation participante devra s’assurer de partager et restituer les informations principales/outils de l’atelier aux autres membres de son équipe (et non seulement les acteurs de protection de l’enfance).

b)     Afin de tenir compte de l’augmentation du nombre d’acteurs humanitaires dans le contexte actuel d’urgence, l’organisation de formations sur les SMPE à une fréquence semestrielle ou annuelle pour tenir compte de l’augmentation du nombre d’acteurs humanitaires dans le contexte actuel d’urgence.

c)     La réalisation des vidéos du GTPE et celles sur les SMPE en version haoussa.

2. Formations, supervision formative et auto-formation

Dans des contextes d’urgence, le manque d’agents formés et expérimentés en matière de protection de l’enfance et caractéristique. Toutefois, les ateliers de formation passent pour une perte de temps. Des alternatives telles que la supervision formative et l’auto-formation devraient être mises en place.

3. Participation des enfants et des jeunes

Il est nécessaire de renforcer les compétences des enfants et des jeunes ainsi que la redevabilité des acteurs de protection de l’enfance à leur égard.

a) Systématiser la participation d’organisations d’enfants et de jeunes aux réunions et activités de la coordination, comme moyen de renforcer leurs capacités et d’améliorer le plaidoyer en faveur des droits de l’enfant au Niger.

b) Organiser un atelier spécifique sur les SMPE.





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Australia: CPiE Training

Events & Training, News on March 4th, 2016 Comments Off

In partnership with RedR Australia and with the support of DFAT Australia, the CPWG Learning and Development Working Group delivered a 5-day Child Protection in Emergencies Face to Face training in Melbourne, Australia from 30/11 to 4/12/2015.

The training had over 25 participants from 8 organisations and the group developed an Action Plan for follow-up at the end of the week.

The 5-day training focussed on building skills and transferring knowledge to promote effective programming of child protection in emergencies work. The training had a special focus on the application and use of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

At the end of the training participants were able to: understand the risk factors that make children vulnerable during emergencies; gain knowledge of best practices in prevention, preparedness and response to protecting children in emergencies; develop skills to protect children; understand the minimum standards for protecting children in humanitarian settings; improve coordination of the child protection in emergencies sector; develop plans on which the Australia-based CPiE Working Group can act.


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Senegal: CPiE Training of Trainers

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A Child Protection in Emergencies “Training of Trainers” workshop was held in Dakar, Senegal, from 25 to 28 January 2016. 26 participants attended the 3-day workshop from across Africa, representing UN agencies, international NGOs and donors, as well as independent consultants. Participants were equipped with the skills and knowledge to facilitate future workshops: familiarity with the range of CPWG training materials; knowledge of interagency training packages and awareness of relevant capacity building initiatives in their context.

At the end of the workshop, action plans were formulated. Regional Child Protection Advisors agreed to:

  • Define roles and responsibilities when advising national child protection working groups on implementation of the interagency capacity building strategy;
  • Share these defined roles and responsibilities with workshop participants by 31 March 2016.

Workshop participants agreed to:

  • Engage in internal advocacy with national CPWG co-leads, aiming to drive forward or initiate the development of the interagency capacity building strategy.
  • Provide a progress report on the reinforcement or development of the strategy by 31 March 2016.

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CAR: CPMS Training

Events & Training, News on March 1st, 2016 Comments Off

Training workshops on the Child Protection Minimum Standards were held in Bangui, Central African Republic, on 4 January 2016 and 9-11 February 2016.

87 participants attended, from national and international NGOs and the Ministry of Social Affairs. The workshop aimed to reinforce the capacities of members of the national CPWG and governmental counterparts, with a view to knowledge sharing and building capacity more widely, to contextualize the CPMS, and to distribute hard copies.

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