CHAD/Unicef PCA Project

CHAD/UNICEF PCA III

Project Components:

  • Child protection case management.
  • Monitoring of children in alternative care.
  • Community engagement.
  • Coordination of Case Management Task Force.

Project objectives:

  • To ensure UASC receive child protection case management services including identification, documentation, tracing and reunification.
  • To ensure UASC documented but not reunified are with their families benefitting from alternative care.
  • To ensure improved coordination of child protection case management in Borno state and LGA level.

Project activities:

  • Recruitment and induction of a project team on child safeguarding policy as well as other organizational and humanitarian policies.
  • Training project staff/team on Child Protection case management.
  • Deployment of the project team to their various location to kick start activities.
  • Identified/ screened existing Child Protection Committee (CPC) and established new CPC where none exist.
  • Training to improve the capacity of community-based child protection committees (CBCPC) to play a more effective and complementary role to prevent and respond to child protection concerns and risk.
  • Conduct risk assessment on prevalent child protection issues to serve as an internal baseline study for the team, to ensure an effective and accurate response to the needs of children.
  • Provision of child protection case management services to unaccompanied, separated and other children with protection concerns.
  • Placement of UASC in Alternative Care arrangement.
  • Training of foster parent to improve the quality of care, given to unaccompanied children under foster care.
  • Tracing and reunification of UASC with their Family.
  • CBCPC holds a monthly meeting to identify risks and concerns within their communities and make recommendations on the local ways to address child protection risks and concerns they identify.
  • Awareness-raising on child protection risk identified and various ways to mitigate the risk identified.
  • Case management task force meeting was held to strengthen the coordination of child protection agencies and improve their implementation on case management at field level towards providing better ways to address child protection concerns and risks.

METHODOLOGIES

Methodologies used include:

  • Identification, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of cases in the 6 locations.
  • Verify and make effective referrals to relevant agencies that may be of assistance to the case.
  • Identification of cases, assessment, development of case plan and case plan implementation.
  • Family tracing and reunification.
  • Identification and training of CPCs.
  • Identify and train foster families to provide alternative care to UASC.
  • Provision of direct support to foster families of UASC.
  • Collaboration with Social welfare officers and UNICEF consultants at the LGA levels.

The ongoing response;

The project, “Ensuring protection for Unaccompanied and Separated children made vulnerable by the conflict in Borno State, North-East Nigeria” kicked-off in august 2019 and sort to provide systematic case management and reunification services to Unaccompanied and Separated children made vulnerable by the protracted crisis in the northeast, particularly in Borno state, the epicenter of the crisis. CHAD’s programmatic activities aimed to ensure wholesome safety, adequate supervision and appropriate living conditions for UASC. The project also worked at community levels, encouraging the participation of the community members, promoting local ownership of protection initiatives while strengthening communities’ capacities to identify and address prevalent child protection risks as well as support safe referrals and confidential reporting of child protection concerns.  In line with the adopted humanitarian response strategy of -preventing, mitigating, and responding to protection risks and threats to UASCs; -improving access to their rights and strengthening the overall protection environment; and -promoting and supporting the creation of conditions for safe, voluntary and durable solutions to displacement and enhanced freedom of movement, CHAD deployed staff to project locations to deliver timely and comprehensive protection responses including; expanding frontline child protection specialized services designed to re-establish safe family and community structures and support to at-risk and children survivors of violence, abuse and separation.

In August 2019, all project staff including 12 CP caseworkers, 1 CP case management supervisor, 1 CP case management officer, 2 FTR officers, 2 FTR caseworkers, 1 Alternative Placement officer, 1 Media and Communication officer, 1 M&E officer, 2 Data entry officers, Finance officer and other support staff were recruited and inducted on Child protection standards and principles, child safeguarding policy as well as other organizational and humanitarian policies.

Throughout the project implementation, all field staff including the case management supervisor and the officer received maximum supports through training organized by CHAD. To support the achievement of objectives, contextualized tools to enable effective case management were shared, consistent mentoring and capacity building from the CP case management officer and supervisor was also employed. CHAD maintains close relationship and collaboration with the CPSWG and other child protection agencies including MWASD and other government agencies such as SEMA, NEMA where present.