Framework for field cooperation on gender-based violence and child protection [EN/AR] – World


Recognizing the interconnected needs of child and adolescent survivors, it is evident that gender-based violence (GBV) and child protection actors have overlapping responsibilities for response, mitigation , prevention and preparedness. Actors must cooperate to generate better knowledge, develop skills and expand resources.
The minimum standards on GBV and child protection reiterate the need for intersectoral cooperation. Increasingly complex emergencies require collaboration between different disciplines to understand and respond to new and growing needs affecting girls and boys.

Changes in the humanitarian landscape mean that the response, mitigation and prevention of GBV and child protection will be led and implemented by diverse local actors. Local actors need support to take on leadership roles in leading and coordinating the response.

Local women’s and youth organizations play a key role in the practical response to the needs of child and adolescent survivors. The role of GBV and AoR child protection coordinators is essential in facilitating practical cooperation between the various actors to ensure that gaps in service delivery are filled and that consistency and consistency. complementarity are promoted. Joint GBV – Child Protection advocacy on the need for protection sensitive programming in all sectors is more effective.

This Field Cooperation Framework (FCF) relates to the daily practice of child protection and gender-based violence coordinators. The hope is that it will be used as a standard benchmark for cooperation between GBV and child protection AoRs to achieve better outcomes for children and adolescents and other affected common populations. The framework supports maintaining the specificity of responsibilities and mandates in order to generate synergies by increasing communication and identifying areas of collaboration.


The main objective of the GBV and Child Protection FCF is, from a focal point, to fill service delivery gaps and promote complementarity for shared priority populations.

Populations of shared concern

GBV and child protection AoRs may have overlapping responsibilities towards identified vulnerable populations. Therefore, in each context, it is important that GBV and child protection coordinators facilitate a dialogue between AoRs to identify the common populations affected and the responsibilities to address them.

Common populations of concern should be needs-based and context-specific and include at a minimum children and adolescents who have been subjected to sexual violence and other forms of GBV.
Common populations of concern may, for example, also include

▪ children and adolescents survivors of child marriage

▪ children and adolescents at increased risk of GBV due to diverse, non-binary gender identity and expression,

▪ children and adolescents separated from the main caregivers,

▪ disabled children and adolescents,

▪ children and adolescents involved in child labor, or living and working in the streets

▪ GBV survivors who are mothers and their children. (This is not an exhaustive list.)

Where GBV and Child Protection AoRs have overlapping responsibilities to shared populations, it is important that AoRs cooperate to ensure that needs and gaps are identified, that needs are met, and that gaps exist. are fulfilled and that coherence and complementarity are promoted. In situations where there is a lack of services, GBV and child protection actors should jointly advocate for adequate resources to meet identified needs and fill service gaps.

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