Six Protection Cluster members in Idleb governorate provided emergency protection services to arrivals from Arsal, Lebanon. Between 3-8 August, Cluster members provided 8,955 protection interventions, with the bulk of the services focusing on psychosocial support/psychological first aid, in line with the Cluster’s emergency response package. Between 7-11 August, four members of the Protection Cluster conducted rapid protection monitoring, interviewing 207 individuals (125M/82F), to better understand protection patterns and trends in order to inform the ongoing response to arrivals in Arsal. Six Protection Cluster partners conducted 381 KI interviews in 43 communities across 4 governorates:
Idleb, Aleppo, Hama, and Rural Damascus in August.
The GBV SC conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) on Women and Girls Safe Spaces with approximately 27 participants (13F/14M); The training focused on practical consideration on how to run WGSS as well as how to implement the minimum stands required. The training was very well received by partners of various degree of specialization and expertise. The GBV SC conducted consultations on GBV minimum standards to gage interest of partners on the need to develop global minimum standards for service providers; Discussion confirmed the interest of partners in this regards and highlighted the importance of having shared standards across emergencies and agencies. The GBV SC together with the Protection cluster supported emergency response efforts in response to new displacement occurring to Idleb by promoting the implementation of the GBV SC emergency support package.
The CP sub-cluster conducted a workshop on Alternative Care in Emergencies (9-11 August). 35 participants from 19 agencies (3 INGOs, 14 Syrian NGOs and 2 UN agencies) were in attendance. The main objective of the training was to increase understanding and awareness of the needs of unaccompanied and separated children (UASC) in northern Syria and agree on how to reduce reliance on residential care and promote quality family-based alternative care. An action plan was develop with concrete activities and resources needed. 49 UASC were registered and provided with case management, including FTR services. The current caseload of UASC is 242 children (114 girl & 128 boys).
The Child Protection Situation and Response Monitoring Working Group met on the 18th August and agreed to monitor the following areas: 1) Situation Monitoring – Child Labour, recruitment and use of children, family separation and psychosocial distress (2) Response monitoring – Psychosocial support activities. Draft indicators were also done.
Due to ongoing access limitations, limited presence of protection actors in Jarablus and Al Bab.
While GBV services continue to grow and improve, the short term nature of funds and the limited resources available to Syrian NGOs continue to pose a barrier to continuity of services.
Sheer scale and depth of child protection needs requiring high level of expertise and multisectoral responses. Children are at much heightened risk of violence, exploitation and abuse.
Protection Cluster and Sub-Cluster Coordinators will meet with their WoS counterparts and colleagues from the other hubs to review HNO data and carryout planning for 2018.
During the next period the GBV SC will focus on prevention and risk mitigation activities, while continuing to provide tailored capacity building opportunities for its members.
CP Sub-Cluster will continue to identify opportunities for collaboration and potential partnering with other clusters like FSL, education, etc. Along with service delivery, scale up child protection awareness raising using well-coordinated messagesthat are contextually adapted to the affected community.