Latest CP AoR Newsletter: April - June 2018
Read our latest newsletter to meet our new team members and read about the CP AoR's recent initiatives and priorities, 2018 Rapid Response Team (RRT) deployments, and upcoming events.
New Syria Report: This is More than Violence
On behalf of the Syria Child Protection Area of Responsibility, we are pleased to share with you This is More than Violence: An Overview of Children’s Protection Needs in Syria. This 2018 report provides an overview of child protection needs in Syria, and it confirms that the overall child protection landscape has not improved, with protection issues facing girls and boys continuing to deepen and worsen.
The information in this report is based on a comprehensive series of data collection exercises undertaken in 2017 from Syria, Turkey, and Jordan Hubs as part of the 2018 OCHA Humanitarian Needs Overview (HNO). This report has informed the 2018 Child Protection Area of Responsibility Operational Strategy for Syria, which focuses on improving access to quality child protection services for girls and boys in Syria through two main intervention priorities: 1) improving the quality of community-based child protection through support to community structures and psychosocial support interventions; and 2) expanding the reach and improving the quality of child protection specialised services for children most at-risk and survivors of violence, exploitation, and abuse.
*This is More than Violence: An Overview of Children’s Protection Needs in Syria is produced by the Whole of Syria Child Protection Area of Responsibility under the leadership of UNICEF and with contributions from the global CP AoR team. For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rohingya Refugee Crisis in Bangladesh
Since August 25, Bangladesh has seen an unprecedented arrival of Rohingya refugees fleeing targeted violence and serious human rights abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. To date, more than 609,000 people have crossed the border, at a speed the world has not witnessed in decades. Coupled with the pre-existing refugee population, there are now more than 821,000 people in Cox’s Bazar in need of humanitarian assistance; 55% of whom are children. Those who have fled speak of seeing both children and adults killed indiscriminately, and women and girls targeted for brutal sexual violence. All are in desperate need of food, medical attention, appropriate shelter, basic hygiene items, and critical social services. The most urgent child protection issues to be addressed are psychosocial distress, separation of children from their caregivers, child-headed households and child carers, gender-based violence (GBV), including serious risk of sexual assault and widespread child marriage, and high risk of child labour and trafficking.
The CP AoR deployed two Rapid Response Team members in October - December 2017 to support with Child Protection coordination and information management in Cox's Bazar. For more details on the crisis, please see these resources:
Coordinating Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
In times of crisis – whether caused by armed conflict, a sudden-onset disaster or an epidemic – children face significant protection issues. We lead and coordinate child protection efforts in humanitarian settings (defined as Humanitarian Coordinator and Early Warning contexts). Our aim is to ensure that girls and boys are protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
What we do
Children in humanitarian settings are at risk of injury and disability, physical and sexual violence, psychosocial distress and mental disorders. They may be separated from their families, recruited into armed forces, economically exploited or come into contact with the justice system.
We ensure that the efforts of national and international humanitarian actors to protect children are well coordinated, achieving maximum quality and impact.
How we do it
The Global Child Protection Area of Responsibility Team provides in-country and remote support to field-level child protection coordination groups.