Introduction: Minimum Child Protection Standards and Training Manual RA 10821

In 2007, the Philippines adopted the humanitarian cluster approach with the publication of National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) Circular No. 05, art. 2007 (institutionalization of the cluster approach in the Philippine disaster management system). Among these thematic structures is the Protection Cluster led by the Department of Social Protection and Development (DSWD).

As part of the protection cluster, the national and regional child protection working group was officially organized in 2009 following Typhoon Ondoy (international name: Ketsana). With the enactment of Republic Law 10821 in 2016, the NCPWG and RCPWG have a mandate to ensure that child-centered initiatives are a priority in disaster response.

In line with this overarching goal, the National Child Protection Working Group (NCPWG) in the Philippines has implemented several capacity building efforts for duty bearers, organizations and institutions working in the area of ​​child protection. child protection at all administrative levels.

To harmonize these capacity building efforts and ensure its consistency with Republic Law 10821 and the Global Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action, also known as Minimum Child Protection Standards (CPMS), This training manual has been developed by the NCPWG to empower and equip individual and team members of the NCPWG and the 17 RCPWGs with the adequate knowledge and skills to manage preparedness, mitigation and response to meet the needs of child protection in emergencies.

What are the objectives of this training?

This training is typically aimed at strengthening and equipping emergency responders and other service providers with adequate knowledge and skills to manage preparedness, mitigation and response to child protection needs in an emergency.

Concretely, this training program has the following objectives:

  1. Orient emergency responders with the important provisions of Republic Law 10821 and Global Child Protection in humanitarian action, and demonstrate its relevance to their initiatives before, during and after an emergency.

  2. Integrate child protection into other humanitarian sectors, ensuring that child protection considerations inform all aspects of humanitarian action and minimize risks to children, in accordance with the principle ” do no harm ”.

Who are the target recipients of this training?

This training is designed for emergency responders including, but not limited to, service providers and technical specialists from government institutions, civil society organizations and international agencies. Participants in this training may include service providers from the social work, protection, education, health, peace and law enforcement sectors and other relevant disciplines.