Building Capacity

Children

The Committee on Migrant Workers and the Committee on the Rights of the Child in their Joint General Comment recommended that States:

  • Establish mandatory training for social workers, border police, lawyers, medical professionals and all other staff in contact with children;
  • Identify victims and establish referral mechanisms;
  • Ensure comprehensive protection, support services, and access to effective redress mechanisms – including psychosocial assistance, and the provision of information; and
  • Recognise the role of community services and civil society organisations in protecting migrant children [1].

Likewise in their 2017 joint report the Special Rapporteurs on the sale and sexual exploitation of children; and on trafficking in persons, especially women and children commented:
“Responses to current humanitarian crises are increasingly dependent on voluntary work and, as a result, frontline workers are not always appropriately trained or able to detect such complex situations as trafficking in persons or other forms of child exploitation”  [2]

As a response to this concern and recommendation, an inter-agency group comprised of the following organisations has now commissioned CELCIS, in collaboration with Harvard FBX, to develop a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC): Better Care Network, International Federation of Educative Communities (FICE), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), Hope and Homes for Children (HHC), Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), International Detention Coalition (IDC), International Organisation on Migration (IOM), International Social Service (ISS), Latin American Foster Care Network (RELAF), Save the Children, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des hommes (TdH), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

This newly commissioned MOOC will be applicable and, reach out, to thousands of frontline professionals and volunteers in contact with UASM who are in a position to make decisions that affect their care and protection including those working within humanitarian organisations and government bodies; social workers; para-social workers; community support workers; lawyer;, psychologists; child protection professionals; teachers; medical workers; border officials (e.g. border staff and migration officers); members of the judiciary and; care workers - including those in family based and residential settings. The MOOC will also be relevant to policy makers and other decision makers, as well as laypersons and others with an interest or responsibility for child protection and childcare.

References

[1] Joint General Comment No. 4 (2017) of the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families and No. 23 (2017) of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on State obligations regarding the human rights of children in the context of international migration in countries of origin, transit, destination and return (16 November 2017) (‘Joint General Comment No. 4’), at paras 43,44

[2] Joint report of the Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material; and the Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children,
‘Sale and sexual exploitation of children, including child prostitution, child pornography and other child sexual abuse material; and trafficking in persons, especially women and children’ (18 July 2017) (‘Special Rapporteur Joint Report,’). at para 48

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