Gender-Based Violence and Child Protection Field Cooperation Framework is Out!

Jan 06, 2022

Recognising the interconnected needs of child and adolescent survivors, it is evident that Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and Child Protection actors have overlapping responsibilities in regard to response, mitigation, prevention and preparedness. Actors must cooperate to generate better knowledge, develop skills and expand resources. Both GBV and Child Protection minimum standards reiterate the need for intersectoral cooperation. Increasingly complex emergencies require the collaboration between different disciplines to understand and address new and growing needs affecting girls and boys.1 Changes in the humanitarian landscape means that GBV and Child Protection response, mitigation and prevention will be led and implemented by diversified, local actors. Local actors need support to take on leadership roles in leading and coordinating response. Local women and youth organisations are instrumental for the practical response to the needs of child and adolescent survivors. The role of GBV and Child Protection AoR Coordinators is instrumental for facilitating the practical cooperation between diverse actors to ensure that service provision gaps are addressed and coherence and complementarity promoted. Joint GBV – Child Protection advocacy on the need for protection-sensitive programming across all sectors is more effective. This Field Cooperation Framework (FCF) relates to Child Protection and GBV AoR Coordinators’ everyday practice. The hope is that it will be used as a standard reference for cooperation between GBV and Child Protection AoRs to achieve better outcomes for children and adolescents and other shared populations of concern. The framework supports maintaining specificity in responsibilities and mandates to generate synergies through increasing communication and identifying areas for collaboration.

The Field Cooperation Framework is available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic