Toolkit on diversion and alternative to detention
Diversion from judicial proceedings and alternatives to detention are essential focus areas for those working on reforming justice systems to ensure the protection of the rights of children in conflict with the law in conformity with the Convention on the Rights of the Child - Articles 37(b), 40.1, 40.3(b) and 40.4. Diversion and alternatives are therefore often prioritised in UNICEF's work.
This toolkit provides clear, user-friendly guidance and practical tools for UNICEF Child Protection Specialists and others working in this important field.
Child protection system mapping and assessment toolkit
The Child Protection System Mapping and Assessment Toolkit, which was released in May 2010, directly responds to the Child Protection Strategy to "develop and apply an analytic tool for mapping and assessing existing child protection policies, laws and services for adequacy and to identify obstacles and opportunities in implementation, especially in reaching vulnerable or excluded groups".
Its content draws form an extensive array of materials representing the latest thinking in child protection from around the world. It benefits from testing in seven countries - Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, and Tunisia - and input from a reference group of practitioners and academics from various child protection perspectives.
There are two toolkits: The first is a Comprehensive Toolkit that allows countries to undertake a thorough mapping of their child protection systems, and to obtain a clearer picture of the strengths and gaps in those systems. The second is a Core Toolkit that provides for a more narrow mapping and assessment of a country, focusing on key elements of the system. This version is particularly appropriate for countries with very liminted capacity or difficult emergency contexts. Both versions are fully consistent with one another, and each can be customized to the country's context. The Users' Guide applies to both.
The ultimate objective is to support the development of comprehensive effective and efficient child protection systems, appropriately structured and resourced, to reach and cater to children and their families. The Toolkit is intended to help users to identify and prioritize actions which will contribute to this process.
Training package on child victims and witnesses of crime
A fair, effective and efficient criminal justice system is one that respects the rights of victims and witnesses of crime as well as the rights of suspects and offenders. Such a system focuses on the need to prevent victimization and to assist and protect victims and witnesses. It treats them with dignity and compassion and without discrimination and allows their participation in the justice process. This is even more important when a victim or witness is particularly vulnerable - as it is the case for children - either through their personal characteristics or through the circumstances of the crime. Consequently, child victims and child witnesses should be entitled to their rights and benefit from measures tailored to their special needs and specific situation. They should be treated in accordance with their best interests.
Inter-agency child protection information management system
Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and UNICEF have been working together since 2005 to promote the use of a standard inter-agency child protection information management system for the child protection sector. The information management system is a practical, field-level tool that supports effective case management. It is comprised of database software and accompanying ‘tools’, such as template paper forms and data protection protocols.
The original demand for this system came from Family Tracing and reunification programs in emergencies. The system is also being used to facilitate case management in Release and Reintegration programs, and programs supporting children with specific vulnerabilities in camp settings. The system has been used in 16 countries by a range of child protection actors.
www.cplearning.org was developed by UNICEF for the child protection sector to make more readily available core recommended child protection e-learning courses and training packages. The website is available in English, French and Arabic with tools and functions that make the learning experience user-friendly.