Completion of Child Protection Case System Training

PESHAWAR: A nine-day training on Child Protection Case Management and Referral System in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, jointly organized by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection and Welfare Commission (KPCPWC) and UNICEF, ended on Tuesday.

According to a press release published here, the aim of the training was to build the capacity of participants on the newly developed case management and referral system for prevention and response in cases of children at risk, including abuse, neglect and exploitation.

The training took place in two phases.

During the first three days, relevant stakeholders, including more than a hundred representatives from government departments, civil society organizations and child protection field staff, were sensitized on the management of case and referral system.

In the second phase, KPCPWC and Zamung kor staff who are directly involved in prevention, response and service delivery were fully trained in case management for six days.

Ijaz Muhammad Khan, Protection Officer, said KPCPWC has partnered with UNICEF, UNHCR and other national and international organizations to further strengthen the child protection system in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The system will be implemented across the province in which all relevant government departments, especially justice, education, health, social welfare and other service delivery organizations involved in service delivery, will be included in the reference network.

Instant training is the first step of said training series.

Child Protection Specialist Sohail Ahmad said that UNICEF has technically and financially supported the Department of Social Welfare and KPCPWC since 2011 for the welfare and protection of children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by establishing and strengthening child protection units in twelve districts of the province.

In addition, he has also supported the Commission in outreach, advocacy, lobbying and policy.

Currently, UNICEF is working with the provincial government to develop the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Child Protection Policy and improve the case management system.

At the end, certificates were distributed to participants.

Awards were also distributed to various notable child rights activists in recognition of their efforts to ensure the protection of children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Imran Takkar, Sohail Ahmad, Zafar Ali Khan, Tahir Khan, Savinder Kumar and Ijaz Muhammad Khan.

Imran Takkar, child rights expert and one of the trainers, said that capacity building and coordination between key departments/stakeholders are always important parts of a strengthened child protection system. .

He stated that it is pertinent to sensitize the masses in order to prevent children from all kinds of abuse and exploitation.

He requested at the end of the training that resources be provided by the KP government to establish a strengthened child protection system across the province.

Nasheeta Maryam Mohsin, Social Welfare Secretary, said the social welfare department is committed to providing a protective environment for children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Therefore, the department, in conjunction with KPCPWC and other stakeholders, has proposed a comprehensive set of amendments to the current law, increasing penalties for crimes against children.

The modifications were adopted by the provincial assembly and will be notified in a few days.

In his closing remarks, Anwar Zeb Khan, Minister of Social Welfare, said the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is considering an effective and integrated system, which can ensure that vulnerable or abused children can have their specific needs assessed. and receive cross-sector support in a timely manner.

The protection of children against abuse is the responsibility of all ministries. The KP Child Welfare and Welfare Commission and the Department of Social Welfare cannot provide all protection services to children in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Each ministry must play its part to protect children across the province.

The training workshop will help build capacity in child protection and help all collaborating departments understand how collectively we can protect children from abuse, violence, exploitation, neglect and harmful practices. .

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