Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE)

 

 Training on Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE)

 

Conducted in 12 Districts (Chitwan, Tanahu, Kaski, Nawalparasi, Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, Bara, Parsa, Rautahat, Sarlahi, Mahottari and

Dhanusha) in between February to May 2017

and

Final Review Meeting in Chitwan in June 2017

 

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

Partnership between UNICEF and Diyalo Pariwar, directly and indirectly, primarily on child protection and participation sectors, has sustained for more than a decade now. This motivates us to implement "Training on Child Protection in Emergency" for child protection actors basically the members of the protection cluster in 12 selected districts of central and western zones where UNICEF provides technical assistance under Gender Based Violence Watch Group program, namely, the districts are: 1. Dhanusha, 2. Mahottori, 3. Sarlahi, 4. Rautahat, 5. Bara, 6. Parsa, 7. Chitwan, 8. Nawalparasi, 9. Rupahdehi 10. Kapilvastu, 11. Tanahu and 12. Kaski. 

 

The targeted members of protection cluster in each district were provided opportunities for child/protection discussing on protection issues at district level in an emergency situation and prepare them to act if necessary in selected districts through a 3 days long training in each districts in close collaboration and administrative supports from the WCO Offices.

 

Training contents were focused on Child Protection in Emergency issues i.e. preparedness, response and contingency plan in an emergency context induced by the natural disasters and relevant to the particular district. Chief of WCO and her program staff members, Child protection Officers/Inspectors and members of Protection Cluster in each district like-concerned responsible  officials and  representatives from line agencies, Nepal Red Cross Society, Nepal Police, Nepal Army and Armed Police Force, District Disaster Relief Committee, CSOs/NGOs and other relevant actors among were actively participated in the training. Beside the designed contents and their deliberation, the "Simulation" was major focused activity and most of simulations were found successful to review the roles and responsibilities to be done by the members of the protection clusters applying the national guidelines and other standards as well as procedures for the better response towards children and women during the emergencies. UNCIEF-Nepal's Child Protection Section and Emergency Unit provided necessary technical assistance and guidance to accomplish the training activities across the Districts.

 

Total 377 (194 Males and 183 Females) members of protection clusters from 12 Districts trained in CPiE reaching 96 WCO officials, 62 protection cluster members representing from various government offices (like-District Coordination Committee, Education Office, Health Offices etc.), 174 civil society members (16 from child clubs and schools, 125 from child rights working NGOs/organizations, 12 from Red Cross, 18 from different media and 3 from chamber and commerce industry branches) and 45 from GoN's Armed forces including Nepal Polices. And, 1 number of Review Meeting in the format of a one-day workshop on sharing of lessons learned and prospects to work on CPiE among stakeholders successfully organized in which 50 participants including Local Development Officer, Chief Women Development Officer, District Public Health Officer among other officials and representatives from various GOs and CSOs/NGOs as well as journalists from different media were presented..

 

Learned lessons ad received feedback including the recommendations have been documented. The major recommendations are related to the capacity building of the concerned WCO and members of protection clusters in each district to deal with the Child Protection issues during the emergencies with more coordinated, resourced, capacitated and skilled ways of interventions for early recovery, response, rehabilitate ad reintegration process proper mobilization of protection sub-cluster enhancing its presence and working effectiveness at district level. Similarly, during the Review Meeting, participants who were among the member of the protection cluster and the trainees of the first CPiE training held in Chitwan suggested that customized training package analyzing the audiences in various level should be prepared for the common knowledge and skills transformation to fill the gap of available resource persons on CPiE at district level.

 

In conclusion, it is hoped that all concerned lead actors and other actors in targeted districts who were trained through this CPiE training will be applying the knowledge and skills as well as lessons for the better functioning of Child Protection Cluster in their own respective District as a result.

 

Background:

A wide range of Child Protection (CP) issues still need immediate address from stakeholders in a planned and coordinated way. Necessity of such intervention is more anticipated at local level.  Prevention and response of any case of child and women protection at local level would be possible when protection stakeholders from across the government and non-government sectors are capacitated and motivated for effective collaboration and coordination. 

An emergency situation, nature in induced in this context, add complexity to the already existing child protection issues. Child protection issues are have already been in a long wait for proper address in Nepal. To take a cue from the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Protection Cluster at district level faced organizational and capacity challenges to act in a humanitarian context of such magnitude. The cluster needs, whatever the district, to be capacitated: its leadership should be empowered and the cluster should be able to function effectively when required. Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE) is an instrumental part of protection cluster.  

 

The current Rolling Work Plan agreed between Government of Nepal and UNICEF NCO for July 2016 – December 2017 incorporates a provision that in aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes in Nepal and in compliance with international standards, UNICEF Child Protection approach has been to enhance national capacity by strengthening the existing child protection systems. Recommendations from Child Protection in Emergencies Lessons Learnt Workshop on 2008 Flooding in Nepal organized by UNICEF-Nepal and other learnings from various occasional activities during the rescue, rehabilitation and reintegration process of the earthquake affected children and post disaster need assessment suggested the targeted intervention on Child Protection in Emergencies in proper way.

 

Thus the new series of CPiE training in targeted 12 districts where UNICEF-Nepal, Bharatpur Zonal Office is engaged was designed and implemented to support the respective protection sub-cluster which is led by Women and Children Office in each District through the partnership agreement between UNICEF-Nepal and Diyalo Pariwar (CSO). The agreed partnership covered 12 events of training, one each in selected 12 districts of central and western regions where UNICEF provides technical assistance under GBV Watch Group program. Namely, the districts were-Dhanusha, Mahottori, Sarlahi, Rautahat, Bara, Parsa, Chitwan, Nawalparasi, Rupahdehi, Kapilvastu, Tanahu and Kaski along  with a single event as part of to review the conducted training activities.

 

Training contents were focused on Child Protection in Emergency issues i.e. preparedness, response and contingency plan in an emergency context induced by the natural disasters and relevant to the particular district with review and lessons from the April 2015 Nepal earthquake (also known as the Gorkha earthquake).

Objectives of the training:

 

The specific objectives of the training were to familiarize the child protection issues those occurs during the emergencies and disasters with importance of the protection cluster which is led by the Women and Child Office having the members from various concerned government offices in the District level. The issue of child protection incorporation of disaster concerns into the DRR activities.

 

Specific objectives of the training are given below:

 

·       Familiarize/refresh   participants’   knowledge   about   the   basic   concepts,   principles, components and approaches to the Disaster Risk Management.

·       Highlight the importance of members of protection clusters specifically in child protection issues and services and their role during the emergencies to protect children.

·       Provide guidelines to the participants about incorporating child protection concerns into other regular children oriented activities including disaster risk reduction activities.

·       Make the issue of child protection in emergencies more wider not only limiting with natural disasters but other disasters created caused by the development activities.

 

Expected Outcomes:

 

·       Protection Cluster strengthened with capacity to act on preparedness and response in an emergency situation in selected districts with focus on CPiE.

 

·       Trained 360 child protection stakeholders at district level and availed human resources at local level to act on protection issues in an emergency situation.

 

·       Learning from the training in 12 districts documented and shared among key government and non-government stakeholders and ways to move ahead on CPiE discussed.

 

Organization of the Training:

The training was divided into day wise sessions, there were

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