Children in conflict zones are extremely vulnerable and often subject to the worst forms of violations. Since 2001, the Security Council has included special provisions on child protection in the mandates of United Nations (UN) peacekeeping operations, including the deployment of Child Protection Advisers and dedicated child protection staff to mission areas.
To ensure that peacekeeping missions fulfil their responsibility to protect children, several Security Council resolutions and the 2017 DPKO-DFS-DPA Policy on Child Protection in United Nations Peace Operations have underlined the importance of a whole-of-mission approach to child protection in peacekeeping operations, cutting across both civilian and uniformed components, as well as the need to train all peacekeepers – including military and police officers – on children’s rights, welfare and protection prior to their deployment.
The Reinforcement Training Package on Child Protection for the United Nations Police aims to introduce child protection concepts to build skills, develop attitudes and knowledge on mission-specific situations that United Nations Police (UNPOL) will encounter. The modules are intended to promote a better understanding of the child protection mandates of missions and the role of other child protection actors in the mission and in the host country’s national child protection system. The training modules focus on the capacity-building non-executive mandate whereby UNPOL officers should have the skills and knowledge to support the host-State police in adopting child-friendly practices in line with international norms and standards.
The Reinforcement Training Package on Child Protection for the United Nations Police has been released for use by Member States in their pre-deployment training for United Nations peace operations in July 2023. It replaces the version from 2016. The training supports the Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTM 2017) for all peacekeepers and is to be delivered in connection with the CPTM.
The Reinforcement Training Package on Child Protection for the United Nations Police contains two categories of documents:
Click on the links below to download the Trainer's Guide and PowerPoint presentations.
Click on the links below to download additional resources and references: