New child protection training for UN police

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

New York | DPKO | OROLSI

On 7 December, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) launched new training materials on child protectionfor United Nations police officers.

The training materials have been developed by DPKO in cooperation with child protection actors, Member States, regional organizations and the UN country teams to increase the knowledge of individual police officers on child protection concerns that may deploy with United Nations Police.

Security Council resolution 2382 (2017) on United Nations policing, highlights the importance of training on child protection for police officers. DPKO has over 100 child protection advisers and child protection focal points in UN police components in five peacekeeping operations: MINUSCA, MINUSMA, MONUSCO, UNAMID and UNMISS, and three special political missions: UNAMA, UNAMI and UNSOM.

The training materials will be disseminated to Member States and peacekeeping operations through a series of regional train-the-trainer courses in 2018.

Nine regional courses are planned for 2018 in Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. The target audience will be UN Police child protection focal points from peacekeeping operations and trainers from police-contributing countries.

The materials were presented by Mark Pedersen of the Integrated Training Service in DPKO/DFS and discussed subsequently by Alexandre Zouev, Assistant Secretary-General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions; Virginia Gamba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict; Luis Carrilho, United Nations Police Adviser; and Cornelius Williams, Associate Director and Global Chief of Child Protection at UNICEF.

The discussion was moderated by David Haeri, Director of the Division of Policy, Evaluation and Training.

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