Improved Child Protection and MHPSS Service Provision for Children and Families Affected by Conflict-related Violence in Area C of the Jordan Valley Project
Juzoor, with funding from War Child Holland and in partnership with War Child and Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture, is implementing the “Improved Child Protection and MHPSS service provision for children and families affected by conflict-related violence in Area C of the Jordan Valley” project, with the goal to strengthen the protection, resilience, rehabilitation, and social connectedness of Palestinian children affected by adversity and violence related to occupation.
The implementation of the project was delayed in the first phase of the project due to the outbreak and month of Ramadan. Therefore, the actual implementation of the project which included trainings started in June 2020, taking into consideration all the safety measures such as masks, hand sanitizers, and social distancing.
This project targeted children, parents (mothers and fathers), school teachers, and CBOs. It helped enhance the role of community members and organizations in the protection of children as they have been strengthened through virtual media on psychosocial wellbeing and support, protecting children from harm including abuse, neglect and exploitation, child safeguarding and minimum standards for child protection. Additionally, parents who are the caregiver for the children in the targeted locations were trained on SRHR to support and protect the children from all forms of violence. Also, the participants were equipped with knowledge to engage in effective prevention and response initiatives pertaining to all forms of sexual violence against children. As well the families and communities are supported to provide protective environments for children and become aware of how best identify and repost cases of sexual violence against children when they are uncovered.
Juzoor also trained mothers in the Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) program which was provided as a mean of positive coping mechanisms and tools for positive parenting to reduce parents’ approval of physical punishment and increased their knowledge and skills to adopt and understand of nonviolent alternatives bearing methods. Additionally, school teachers were trained to manage their own stress in order to better manage and build their coping methods for dealing with stress and improved emotional availability for teaching. They are more knowledgeable with more skills to understand how students learn, build their skills and foster self-discipline in order to become successful learners. Also community members (health care providers, school counselors, CBOs, and other stakeholders on safe identification and referral of child abuse and SGBV as well as prevention.