The CPWG is a coordination forum through which the members of the child protection in emergency actors (i.e. related government institutions, agencies, international and national humanitarian organizations) involving in child protection in emergency response at the state level can coordinate needs identification, interventions, seek consensus on issues, create partnerships and linkages for better prioritization of available resources and commitment to the adopted minimum standards for child protection in humanitarian action with an overall goal of enhancing the protection of children in emergency situation.
The objective of the CPWG is to ensure comprehensive, efficient and timely responses to the child protection concerns facing children affected by armed conflict and other emergencies.
2021 Response plan in numbers
Children's lives and their well-being is threatened by conflict, floods, disease outbreaks, poverty, displacement, and unemployment, causing high levels of life-altering traumatic injuries and stress. Children continue to be at risk of abuse. According to the monitoring and reporting mechanism of grave child rights violations, at least one form of grave child rights violation was recorded against 183 children (35 per cent of whom are girls) in 2020. Sexual violence, killing and maiming were the most common forms of violations, with all survivors of sexual violence being female. Children and their families are exposed to daily risks of mutilation and death in the areas with exploitative remnants of war (ERW). According to the Information Management System for Mine Action (IMSMA), some parts of the country remain littered with ERW, including landmine and other explosive hazards. The COVID-19 pandemic compounds protection risks and well-being of girls, boys and their caregivers. According to the Family and Child Protection Unit of the police (FCPU) over 12,000 children (30 per cent of whom are girls) witnessed or experienced domestic violence in 2020, with the highest number in South Darfur, Blue Nile and Khartoum. Due to COVID-19 and conflict, during the first half of 2020, the number of children requiring family tracing and reunification services reached 65,000 (40 per cent female). According to a recent child protection assessment conducted across 16 states, child protection risks were already on the rise in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019, with a reported 24 per cent increase in child marriage (girls more affected than boys) and a 35 per cent increase in child labour; boys more affected than girls.
The physical safety and psycho-social well-being of girls and boys affected by emergencies remains compromised due to exposure to violence, disruption of social support systems, increasing poverty and the lack of access to quality social services. Child Protection (CP) partners will support 1,791,784 girls and boys (51 per cent girls and 49 per cent boys) in critical need of care and protection, including children with disabilities. Partners will prioritize children facing severe protection concerns and imminent threats, particularly children experiencing or at high risk of violence, abuse, exploitation, neglect, including family separation, child labour, severe psychosocial distress, physical and sexual violence, child trafficking, and early marriage. Partners will aim to achieve the following activities: