The Security Council has recognised that the protection of children in armed conflict is a fundamental peace and security concern, and l has entrusted a number of United Nations Peace Operations with the critical role of ensuring the protection of children in situations of armed conflict.
Child protection staff in United Nations peace operations play a vital role in, among others, supporting legislative reforms, building the capacity of national counterparts, and engaging in dialogue with parties to conflicts.
The Specialised Training Materials (STM) for Child Protection Staff in United Nations peace operations aim to reinforce the capacity of child protection staff to ensure the effective implementation of the child protection mandate by strengthening their knowledge and practical skills and enable them to successfully fulfill their unique role in missions.
The STM provide an interactive learning component to accompany the 2023 Handbook for Child Protection Staff in United Nations Peace Operations and support the practical implementation of the 2017 DPKO-DFS-DPA Policy on Child Protection in United Nations Peace Operations. The training serves as an opportunity for child protection staff to build their knowledge and skills, better leverage resources within the mission and externally to support their child protection work, and be more strategic in planning and assessing their priorities and actions.
The primary target audience of the STM are child protection staff in United Nations peace operations, including national and international child protection advisers, officers, assistants, and UN Volunteers. It can also serve as an awareness-raising tool for other staff serving as child protection focal points.
The Specialised Training Materials for child protection staff in United Nations peace operations have been released for use in September 2023. They replace the version from 2019. The STM support the Core Pre-Deployment Training Materials (CPTM 2017) for all peacekeepers and are to be delivered in connection with the CPTM.
Specialised Training Materials for Child Protection Staff in UN Peace Operations
The Specialised Training Materials for Child Protection Staff in United Nations Peace Operations contain three categories of documents:
Click on the links below to download the Trainer's Guide, PowerPoint presentations and Handouts.
Click on the links below to download additional resources and references: