Capacity building project for Libyan police on the rights of the child

Libyan police certification

Project duration : 2014 - 2015

In September 2013, a Libyan delegation participated in a regional workshop organised by UNICEF and the IBCR in Amman, Jordan (lien vers fiche atelier Jordanie). This workshop aimed to analyse the role and needs of specialised police units in charge of cases involving child victims, witnesses and alleged offenders. Two months later, in November 2013, a senior representative of the Libyan security forces took part in the Abidjan workshop, which focused on sustainable capacity building for security forces on child rights and protection.

Armed with an action plan that was developed by the Libyan delegation to Amman and then revised in Abidjan (lien vers la fiche Côte d’Ivoire, atelier), the Bureau continued its discussions with UNICEF Libya to strengthen the capacities of the Libyan police. Due to the current instability and insecurity in Libya, UNICEF and the IBCR agreed to organise training in Tunisia, on the other side of the Libyan border, and to invite representatives from Tripoli law enforcement to take into account security issues and the urgent need to review their methods in Libya’s current emergency context.

Our goals :

  • To develop the knowledge and skills of the Libyan police in respect to the rights of the child in police interventions involving children.

To this end, the IBCR developed a child protection training toolkit specifically for Libya. Originally written in English, the toolkit was quickly translated into Arabic. Then, in December 2014, the IBCR developed two training programmes intended for Libyan police officers. As part of the project, 49 representatives from law enforcement received training in child rights protection. Because the officers held the highest positions in the police hierarchy, the training sought to provide them with the tools they needed not only to do their jobs, but also to transmit clear instructions to their teams on how to handle cases involving children in the Libyan justice system. Following the training, the training toolkit was revised to incorporate the lessons learned in the two training sessions and was then submitted to the authorities and to UNICEF to facilitate its reuse in the field.

  • Intervention locations : Libya
  • Project duration: 2014 à 2015
  • Partners :
    • UNICEF
    •  Libyan Police Academy
  • Highlights:
    • 49 Libyan police officers received training
    • 3 weeks of training
    • Development of a training toolkit in Arabic and English
    • Implementation of two training programmes
  • Fields of activity and expertise :
    • Capacity building
    • Applied research
    • Advocacy and institutional support
    • Children in emergency situations

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