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New Information Management Rapid Response Team Member CPWG & Education – Farhad Muhammad

News, RRT News on August 22nd, 2014 No Comments

A warm welcome to Farhad Muhammad, the new joint CP/Education Rapid Response Team Information Manager! See full bio here

CALL for Applications – The Child Protection in Emergencies Post Graduate Diploma

Inter-Cluster News, News on August 13th, 2014 No Comments

The Child Protection Working Group along with Save the Children, UNICEF and the University of Kwazulu-Natal are proud to announce the call for applications for the Child Protection in Emergencies Post Graduate Diploma. REMINDER: Application is open for two weeks and the deadline is 31 August 2014.

Click here to find more information on the application process.

CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kigali, Rwanda

Minimum Standards, News on July 3rd, 2014 No Comments

From 11-12 June 2014, a contextualization workshop was held in Rwanda. Ten members of the Child Protection Working Group, representing Save the Children, Plan International, World Relief, World Vision, UNICEF and UNHCR, explored the implementation of four minimum standards to the Rwandan context: Standard 1 on Coordination; Standard 9 on Sexual Violence; Standard 15 on Case Management and Standard 20 on Education. The workshop emphasized child protection work with displaced people.

Participants then further developed the child protection section of the National Contingency Plan based on the newly contextualized minimum standards.

At the end of the workshop, participants agreed to follow up with a second workshop in September to include government counterparts. Participants also agreed to implement the prioritized preparedness activities.

Child Protection Experts (Nicolas Martin Achard and Sara Lim Bertrand) from UNHCR and UNICEF facilitated the contextualization process.

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Second CPMS contextualization workshop held in Kenya

Minimum Standards, News on July 1st, 2014 No Comments

DSCN1119From 17-18 June, the Child Protection Working Group organized the second workshop in Dadaab, Kenya. Over 2 days, participants contextualized the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), with a focus on Mainstreaming.  38 participants from the Kenyan Government’s Department of Refugees Affairs and some 14 humanitarian agencies addressed six Minimum Standards: Psychosocial distress and mental disorders; Justice for Children; Economic Recovery; WASH; Shelter; Camp Management and Distribution.

A  Senior Child Protection Officer from Terre des Hommes remarked: “The CPMS handbook is proving crucial to my work. I now use it to train new staff on Child Protection issues.”

A WASH Specialist from the Norwegian Refugee Council commented: “Thank you for giving me the opportunity to participate in such an important event.  It was very informative. Some of the recommendations that emerged from the contextualization group working on WASH were shared during our last Coordination meeting.”

Participants represented UNICEF, Save the Children, UNHCR, International Red Cross, International Rescue Committee, Kenyan Red Cross, Peace Winds Japan, Terre des Hommes, Norwegian Refugee Council, Danish Refugee Council, World Food Programme, Right to Play, World Vision International  and Handicap International. The workshop was facilitated by UNICEF, with support from Save the Children, UNHCR, Terre des Hommes, Kenyan Red Cross and World Vision International.  

 

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The New WASH Cluster website has been launched!

Inter-Cluster News, News on June 25th, 2014 No Comments

http://washcluster.net

 

English CPMS Handbook now available on USB

Minimum Standards, News on June 17th, 2014 No Comments

USB versions of the English CPMS Handbook are now available. To order, please contact Maria Carolina Salazar, mariacarolinasalazar@tdh.ch, or Kate Mahoney, kmahoney.cpms@gmail.com.

 

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CPMS in Arabic launched in the Republic of Yemen

Minimum Standards, News on June 17th, 2014 No Comments

IMAG0032The Arabic version of the Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) was launched on 2 June 2014. 

The Honourable Minister, Amat Al-Rozagh Homad, representing the Republic of Yemen’s Ministry of Social Affairs, together with the Shawthab Foundation, representing the Child Protection Sub-cluster, participated in the launch event, with support from the Global Child Protection Working Group Task Force on Minimum Standards. 

The event was extremely well-attended, attracting not ionly the Minister himself, but also two Deputy Ministers, several other government officials, and numerous Child Protection Professionals from as far as Hadramout (Eastern province).

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CPMS launched in Colombia

Minimum Standards, News on June 17th, 2014 No Comments

Terres des Hommes and UNICEF, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Embassy of Switzerland, organized a launch of the the Spanish version of the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) in Bogota, Colombia on 29 April 2014.

“In emergencies we all have in mind the need to provide shelter, water, and food, but we are not always aware of the need to protect children and adolescents from physical violence, sexual violence, and recruitment by armed groups” said Roberto Bernardi, UNICEF’s Representative in Colombia.

Martin Jaggi, Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Embassy of Switzerland,  commented on the importance of the CPMS in Colombia and said that the standards serve to “strengthen coordination and establish common principles for those working in the area of ​​child protection.”

Lissorgues Antoine, Head of the Terre des Hommes delegation noted, ”There will be training opportunities so that everyone can prepare better to protect children and adolescents in humanitarian situations.”

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CPMS Contextualization Workshop held in Kenya

Minimum Standards, News on May 26th, 2014 No Comments

  DSCN8561A 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.

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