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UNICEF is supporting the Government of Nigeria to strengthen prevention of and response all forms of violence against children. In particular, assistance will be provided to strengthen the child protection system, including through modelling the system in four States, in order to demonstrate the impact of a well-functioning child protection system, to develop a common model for operationalizing the Child Rights Act at State level and to develop standardized tools, including regulations, working protocols and training manuals to govern the system.
The programme will be implemented in Plateau and Gombe, as part of an EU funded joint programme with UN Women to mitigate the impact of conflict on women and children, including through increasing access to reporting mechanisms and protective services for girls and women affected by human rights abuses, including gender based violence, and in Lagos and Cross River, funded by USAID, as part of the child protection systems strengthening programme.
A key aspect of a well-functioning child protection system is the provision of comprehensive minimum package of response services to child victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. Minimum package of services should include primary, secondary and tertiary services. Response services should have a special focus on secondary and tertiary services ensuring linkages and integrated services both from the social welfare and justice system.
Critical services should include parenting skills training/education, counselling, home visits, interim child care/emergency shelter, financial support, family mediation, child risk and needs assessment, child psychological assessment, social protection support, birth registration, medical treatment, psychosocial support, removal of the child from the family's custody and placement in alternative care, case management, social protection support, birth registration, family reunification.
Legal services including legal aid and prosecution also play a critical role at the level of tertiary services. In order to determine and coordinate response services needed to restore a child victim's wellbeing, case management has to be systematically carried out by trained social workers under government supervision if not under direct management.
Purpose of the Consultancy
The purpose of this consultancy is to provide intense technical support to the focus State government and LGAs through the national consultant based in each state in the design and implementation of new response and case management services framework and the actual provision of integrated services during the pilot phase of the child protection system strengthening modelling programme under the technical guidance of an international consultant.
Major Tasks to be Accomplished