Over the last year DTJ has been working on an exciting educational media project that is now due to launch. For this film series, we partnered with the Global Child Protection Working Group, the global level forum for coordination and collaboration on child protection in humanitarian settings. The group brings together NGOs, UN agencies, academics and other partners under the shared objective of ensuring more predictable, accountable and effective child protection responses in emergencies. The CPWG is comprised of 14 core member organizations included UNICEF, UNHCR, Save the Children and War Child, and over 25 associate institutions.
So what did DTJ do?
DTJ was tasked with producing a series of educational films highlighting the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS), to be used to educate child protection workers around the word on how best to care for children in emergencies. We covered best practices for child survivors of sexual violence, children in armed conflict, unaccompanied and separated children, mental health and psychosocial support and children engaged in the worst forms of child labour.
In 2010, the members of the global Child Protection Working Group agreed on the need for child protection standards in humanitarian settings. The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) were finalized in September 2012. Over 400 individuals from 30 agencies in over 40 countries, including child protection practitioners, humanitarian actors from other sectors, academics and policy makers, were involved in their development.
The CPMS aim to:
-Establish common principles among those working in child protection .
-Improve the quality of child protection programming.
-Improve accountability within child protection work .
-Provide a synthesis of good practice and learning to date ;
-Enable better advocacy and communication on child protection risks, needs and responses.
This education film series is now being rolled out as a kind of mobile university to educate child protection workers on the front-lines, from places like Syria to Central African Republic, to ensure that children in emergencies receive the care they need.
We are absolutely thrilled to have been part of this project and to introduce yet another way to capitalize on the medium of film to translate to better care for children, in every corner of the world.
Below are a few stills from the series: