As COVID-19 restrictions have eased since the summer, we’ve run regular Child Friendly Space (CFS) activities at 7 sites, serving 2,137 children. We’ve reached 176 children with disabilities through door-to-door play activities. We also engaged 10,575 caregivers, focusing on stress management.
We’ve made significant progress on our Protection agenda. In addition to identifying cases through door-to-door and mobile CFS activities, we’ve increased awareness of referral pathways at household and school levels, and built relationships between key agencies, driving more effective follow-up. In the last six months, 111 cases have been identified, referred, and followed up, including 28 by community leaders; previously, only 17 cases had been referred, without follow-up. We’re also engaging adolescents as school MHPSS Champions: 8 teachers and 52 students from 4 schools are participating in structured sessions to strengthen their resilience and facilitation skills. Teachers are also covering child protection (CP), stress management, and self-care.
Lastly, we’re strengthening our organization through consultants. 36 field staff have been newly trained in mobile data collection, and had refresher training on CP, safeguarding, sexual and gender-based violence, case management, and stress management.
Key successes include:
- Identifying and referring 111 CP cases, securing necessary assistance for affected children.
- Supporting 176 children with disabilities through door-to-door engagements, who may not have reached without the shift to mobile CFS services.
- Engaging two teachers (1 male, 1 female) from each of the 6 schools with on-site CFSs, and 4 facilitators from UCCK Church (the 7th site) as CFS volunteers, increasing communal involvement.
- Responding to dynamics in the field to improve service quality: as field social workers encountered increasing cases that required immediate intervention, we provided training on basic counselling and MHPSS support, and how to refer cases requiring specialized care. After one recent capacity-building session, staff demonstrated a 60% improvement in understanding key aspects of stress management and child safeguarding.
- Identifying and reporting CP cases in the host community; bridging gaps between CP services and the community by educating on referral pathways and services.
- Mentoring 8 teachers and 52 adolescents on MHPSS, embedding knowledge in the community that they are sharing with others.
- Holding 3 dialogue forums in the refugee community and 1 in the host community, involving the Area Advisory Council, to discuss challenges to CP in the community and discuss how to mitigate these.