The physical and psychological well-being of children across Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states remains at risk due to the ongoing complex and protracted conflict. With the escalating attacks and clashes across the BAY states in north-east Nigeria, children continue to be recruited and used by armed groups, while others have been abducted, maimed, raped and killed. In August, a total of 15 children (six girls and nine boys) formerly associated with armed groups were handed over to the Borno Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD). The children will receive interim care services at the Bulumkutu Interim Care Centre in Maiduguri, Borno State, prior to reunification with their families as part of the reintegration process.
The Child Protection Sub-Sector (CPSS) held its mid-year review meeting to reflect on the progress in the child protection response between January and June 2020, challenges and way forward. As of June 2020, the CPSS had only reached 25% of the targeted one million beneficiaries, with majority of the children and caregivers reached being IDPs in camps and host community members. Recommendations made to improve the quality and reach of the response included the need to conduct gap analysis on child protection service delivery at LGA level to support prioritization of needs and resources, enhanced integration of child protection in other sectors, and advocacy for increased support by donors to integrated programming.
Nigeria is in the process of rolling out the Primero Child Protection Information Management System (CPIMS+/Primero), a database software used to support child protection case management. As part of the rollout plans, 61 child protection workers (30 women and 31 men) were trained on the use of CPIMS+/Primero, including the use of the web-based and mobile versions of the platform.
While the CPSS has developed referral pathways in Adamawa and Borno states to support timely and safe access to child protection services, the same process needs to be replicated in Yobe State. Existing service maps and referral pathways also need to be updated regularly. Responsive referrals require not only access to reliable referral information but also an understanding of what referrals in child protection entail: the purpose, how to safely refer cases, and roles and responsibilities of various actors in the referral process. In September 2020, the CPSS will conduct an orientation session on referrals in child protection aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skills of child protection actors in this regard.