Child protection case management task force
In north-eastern Nigeria children have experienced family separation, violence (including gender based violence), abuse, exploitation, neglect, association with armed forces and armed groups, conflict with the law, and psychosocial distress.
The Case Management Task Force (CMTF) is established underneath the Child Protection Sub-working Group (CPSWG) to address technical issues surrounding child protection casework and the case management of identified vulnerable children in North-eastern Nigeria.
The forum comprises of INGOs and NNGOs and is chaired by the Ministry of Women Affaires and Social Development (MWASD) while Centre for Community Health & Development (CHAD) International and UNICEF are co-lead in Borno state CMTF. The Case Management Task Force (CMTF) group works closely with the CPSWG, GBVSWG as well as the education and health sectors towards the fullest positive impact of case management across Northeast Nigeria.
The objectives of the CMTF in each state (i.e. Borno, Adamawa and Yobe) are to:
1. Ensure child protection organizations in these states take a harmonized approach to social work and the case management of vulnerable children and their caregivers through the use of standardized approaches, tools and guidance based on accepted global child protection minimum standards in a timely fashion.
2. Support the development of case management as an institutional knowledge link between the child protection sub working group and child protection actors engaged in case management.
3. Ensure the quality of case management practices through ongoing training, mentorship, monitoring and advocacy specific to case management in line with international standards and guidelines adapted to the Nigerian context.
Main Tasks to Meet These Objectives
- Develop practical guidance for field teams implementing case management services. This includes:
- Developing an annual work-plan, in alignment with the priorities of the CP Humanitarian Response Plan and in close collaboration with the state and national CPSWG.
- Developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for case management in northeastern Nigeria from identification to case closure.
- Identifying capacity building needs for actors providing case management services and working in close collaboration with the State CPSWG to enable access to such opportunities. The CMTF coordinators and members may be direct providers or may create the opportunity for other stakeholders to deliver capacity building initiatives, such as formal training, on-the-job training, mentorship sessions, case conferences, for institutions and NGOs, on case management practices and tools.
- Convening best interest destination (BID) panels are convened and guided.
- Convening case conferences, on regular basis to strengthen the capacity of actors to respond effectively to cases of children protection concern.
- Conveying messages for delivering quality information to children and caregivers.
- Advocating wherever and whenever necessary for case management best practices with relevant organizations and ministries.
- Compiling and sharing best practices concerning case management.
- Sharing relevant updates with the national CPSWG on a monthly basis.
- Contribute to the harmonization and meaningful use of the CPIMS and its attendant variants. This may include:
- The meaningful development and use of the Inter-Agency Case Management Tools (sometimes referred to as the I-A forms).
- The redesign at any time practicably necessary of the I-A forms.
- Coordinating/facilitating training on the use of the CPIMS and its variants – the CPIMS+/Primero.z