Response & Operational Capacity
The Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), a sub-cluster within the Protection Cluster, provides coordination support to government offices from the national to municipal levels in ensuring prevention of and response to child protection concerns in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and others under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies. In the humanitarian system, we constitute ‘an area of responsibility’ within the Global Protection Cluster.The efficient management or functioning of National CPWG is the joint responsibility of the cluster lead agencies (CWC and UNICEF), and all cluster members at the national level. Sub-national CPWGs were established on the basis of Regional SubCommittee on the Welfare of Children (RSCWC)’s expanded function to include CPWG coordination.
As of August 2016 cluster resource mapping, The National Child Protection Working Group (NCPWG) has presence in the all five of the five affected regions, specifically in 10 of the 17 affected provinces. Supportive of strategic objective 5 for “Affected people quickly regain access to community and local government services, including basic education and a strengthened protective environment”, the sub-cluster is ready to provide:
Facilitate the identification, documentation, family tracing and reunification (FTR) of missing, separated and unaccompanied children;
Psychosocial support to affected children and families; including setting up of Child Friendly Spaces, Community Based Child Protection Networks (CBCPN), and other forms of community based interventions;
Scale up advocacy, communications and awareness raising activities around prevention and response to abuse, exploitation, violence and neglect, including gender based violence (GBV) in the areas affected by the emergency; and
Provide a snapshot of urgent child protection related needs among the affected population within the immediate aftermath of the emergency as a stepping-stone for a more comprehensive process of assessing the impacts of the emergency on children, as well as situation monitoring, through the use of the Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA).