PESHAWAR: The Case Management and Referrals System conducted an orientation session for child protection focal points from various government departments and organizations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s merged districts. The session aimed to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively coordinate and provide child protection services, including addressing the unique needs of children on the move and Afghan refugees.
The Directorate of Social Welfare in Merged Areas is addressing child protection issues within communities, including those involving children on the move and Afghan refugees. To achieve this, the department has approved a PC-I for establishing child protection units and providing support to orphans in merged districts. Nine Child Protection Units have been set up in specific merged areas.
During the one-day orientation session held on October 18, 2023, participants from government departments, civil society organizations, media, and other sectors were encouraged to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills to protect children’s rights. The importance of collective action, collaboration with Child Protection Units, and building strong partnerships with parents and communities was emphasized.
UNICEF Child Protection Specialist Mr. Sohail Ahmad highlighted the training’s objectives and the significance of engaging various department focal points in child protection. He stressed the importance of the Child Protection Information Management System (CP-IMS) in enhancing the efficiency of the Case Management and Referral System.
Chief Protection Officer KP-CPWC, Mr. Ejaz Khan, underscored the importance of the Child Protection and Welfare Act 2010 in safeguarding children in the province, irrespective of their status or nationality.
This training program marks a significant step toward ensuring the well-being of children in KP’s merged districts and reinforces the commitment to creating a safer environment for all children.