Capacity Building for Stakeholders in The Child Protection System In Burkina Faso

First training given by our partners, Justice sector, 2018

To promote and protect the rights of all children in our country, without exception 
Laure Zongo, Minister of Women, National Solidarity and the Family, Burkina Faso

Project Duration : 2015 - 2020

Much like other sectors in Burkina Faso, the justice, security and social work sectors have some functional problems that affect children’s access to services they are entitled to. Justice, security forces and social workers have no professional training or the proper tools and skills to listen to children and help manage the issues affecting them. Through a multi-annual project (2015-2020) financed by Global Affairs Canada, the IBCR undertook capacity building initiatives with these professionals using a participatory, multi-sector approach.

Our goals

For social, judicial and security services that are more respectful of the rights of Burkinabe girls and boys, three main actions were targeted:

  • Integrate compulsory, evaluated training modules on the rights and protection of children into the programmes of security, social work
    and justice training institutions
  • Provide key professionals with the necessary tools and skills to meet the challenges of protecting the rights of children
  • Strengthen coordination mechanisms between various stakeholders

Our results

This year, several activities were implemented: production and dissemination of a report on the situation of the child protection system in Burkina Faso, professional exchange trips between Togo, Benin, Tunisia and Senegal, validation by the various departments involved of training kits, development of advocacy and gender equality strategies. Some of our preliminary results include:

  • Social and justice sector personnel who participated in workshops to develop training kits or operating procedures mention they have begun changing some of their professional practices, offering services that respect the principles of child protection and participation to both girls and boys.
  • The commitment of authorities toward reaching project objectives increased during the third year of the project’s implementation, paving the way for the sustainable strengthening of the security, judicial and social environment for children in Burkina Faso.
  • According to project partners, the teaching methods proposed in the training kits (adult education, audiovisual tools) have unanimously been appreciated and constitute major progress in basic training in Burkina Faso. Changes in the professional teaching system have been brought to the social sector, using these new techniques and contents.
  • The work carried out at the National Social Work Training Institute (INFTS) and at the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) has generated enthusiasm from local partners, who would like to also offer these activities to other sectors and students.
  • A study is underway at the Department of Justice, Human Rights and Civic Promotion to change the organisational chart, operations and name of the Social Affairs and Reinsertion Directorate in order to include the principles of child protection.
  • Intervention locations : Ouagadougou
  • Project duration: 2015 - 2020
  • Partners :
    • UNICEF
    • Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity of Burkina Faso
    • L’Institut national de formation en travail social (National Training Institute for Social Work), l’École des cadres moyens en travail social (School for Middle Management in Social Work), National Police School, l’École nationale de l’administration et de la magistrature (National Administration and Magistrate School), civil society organisations
    • Global Affairs Canada; Ministry of Women, National Solidarity, and Family; Ministry of National Defence and Veterans Affairs, Ministry of Security; Ministry of Justice, Human Rights and Civic Promotion; National School of Administration and Magistrature (ENAM); National Institute of Social Work; School for Mid-Level Management in Social Work; School for Upper-Level Management in Social Work; National Police School; Police Academy; National Gendarmerie School; National School for Gendarmerie Sub-Officers; National Qualification Centre for Gendarmerie Sub-Officers; and other national and international organisations.
  • Highlights:
    • The targeted audience of the project will be extended to jail guards in 2019
    • 1 300 000 children targeted by the project
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Capacity building
    • Applied research
    • Tools, reference manuals and standards
    • Training leadership
    • Children and the justice system

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