Syria Protection Cluster (Turkey): Response Snapshot (as of 31 May 2018)
The Protection Cluster, Child Protection, GBV and Mine Action Sub-Clusters members continued emergency response service provision for civilians arriving from Eastern Ghouta and northern Homs. 20 Cluster members provided 14,744 interventions to IDPs and affected host community members, providing protection services in 63 communities within 25 sub-districts in Idleb and Aleppo; reaching 6,785 individuals (2,489 girls, 1,820 boys, 1,843 women, and 633 men). Cluster members also provided child protection and GBV case management, referring individuals for more specialized services, and family tracing. Cluster members reported high levels of psychosocial distress among girls, boys, women and men.
9 PMTF members conducted 307 KI interviews in 74 communities covering 28 sub-districts, 13 districts and 5 governorates (Aleppo, Al-Hasakeh, Hama, Homs, and Idleb).
The GBV SC finalized the new systems to ease the request for referral pathways by non-GBV actors and started its dissemination. These systems include a GBV SC service number to provide information on referrals, an online referral request form, and a referral Focal Point list, with contacts of service phones managed by GBV SC members providing case management in different districts. The list was shared with all Clusters with the encouragement to disseminate broadly among Cluster members’ teams in the field and was presented during a Referral Workshop (May 5) with key stakeholders. The GBV SC held a two-hour Training of Trainers (ToT) with Gender Focal Points and members of the GBV SC Prevention/Risk Mitigation Taskforce on presenting the new GBV referral systems in their respective Clusters and a standard presentation was developed. The GBV SC organized the second part of an 11-day ToT for case workers based in Syria and their supervisors in Turkey on GBV basics for non-GBV practitioners from April 30–May 5 in Gaziantep (20 participants/15 org). The GBV SC and the Prevention/Risk Mitigation Taskforce finalized the recruitment of the GBV awareness raising consultant, who will support the GBV SC in developing a package of tools for community-based GBV awareness raising.
The Child Protection Sub-Cluster and Education Cluster provided two rounds of a training on Adolescent and Youth Engagement. The training was attended by about 60 participants from 60 NGOs operating in the fields of education and child protection. There were two rounds of the training on May 7-8 and May 9-10. The Adolescent & Youth Engagement Training was an opportunity to announce the establishment of Adolescent & Youth Taskforce which held its first meeting in May. 41 boys formerly associated/at risk of recruitment with armed group registered and case plan completed have been provided with FTR Services, Psychosocial Support, MHPSS, referred to health, livelihood programs, education and vocational training opportunities. 45 children (16 Girls, 29 boys) unaccompanied and separated children have been referred for FTR services, 33 of them (13 Girls, 20 boy) have been reunified with family members.
Limited specialized services or inclusive services for other groups with specific needs, e.g. persons with disabilities or older persons, remains a critical gap for Protection Cluster.
The lack of funding opportunities for Syrian NGOs to ensure continuity of existing life-saving GBV services continues to be a major challenge, which is resulting in communities left un-serviced.
Cross-border and crossline reunification of unaccompanied and separated children remains challenging and there has been little progress on that. There is limitation with trusted partners providing interim care and alternative care services for unaccompanied and separated children.