In Sudan, conflict and displacement have had devastating effects on the psychosocial wellbeing of its children. Many children have experienced or have been directly affected by abuse and violence which put them at heightened risk of psychosocial distress. Other children may have experienced the death of parents or have displacement and camp life severely disturbs children’s daily routine which in turn affects their psychosocial wellbeing. The emotional wounds may be less visible than the destruction of homes and infrastructure, but it often takes far longer to recover from the emotional, psychological and social impact than to overcome the material losses. At a global level, provision of psychosocial support is recognized as a lifesaving activity. Therefore it is imperative to raise the quality of psychosocial support available to all children.
As a response, NCCW, UNICEF and Ahfad University have launched the national minimum standards training manual for “Psychosocial Support for Children and Adolescents in Emergencies.” This manual was developed in order to provide quality Psychosocial Support (PSS) to children and adolescents affected by emergencies by training service providers to a minimum standard and ensuring that underserved adolescents are also taken into account.
NCCW and UNICEF with AUW are undertaking the task rolling out the manual by supporting the training of all current and future service providers to a minimum standard by working jointly with Child Protection sub-Cluster and community level stake holders.
In 27th of November, 2016 Ahfad University and their partners National Council for Child Welfare, United Nations Children’s Fund and State Council for Child Welfare conducted have conducted capacity building TOT workshop on how to use the PSS manual (5days) and how to use the PSS M&E assessment tools.
TARGET GROUP WHO BENEFIT FROM THIS TRAINING:
This manual is designed to help you (service provider/facilitator in Child-Friendly Spaces) and other community volunteers, NGO and governmental workers and other professionals that play a role in the sustainability of resources and development of objectives in CFS and PSS activities.
IN 2016 MANY PSS ROLLOUT TOOK PLACE STARTING WITH
NORTH DARFUR TRAINING:
North Darfur that took place in Al-fashir from 8 to 13 of August, 2016. 30 participants were trained in PSS manual and 30 participants trained in M&E.
In Tawila two separate trainings took place in period 16 to 21 of August 31 participants were trained in 1st PSS training and 32 trained in the 2nd training and 31 participants were trained in M&E 1ST training and 32 participants trained in the 2nd M&E training.
SOUTH KORDUFAN TRAINING:
This training was conducted in South Kordufan from the 6th to 12th of November, 2016 with 30 participants in PSS training and 30 participants in M&E training.
WEST KORDUFAN TRAINING:
Training was conducted from 13 to 19th of November, 2016 with 30 participants in PSS training and 30 participants in M&E training.
One more training was conducted in Blue Nile from the 17th to 23 of November, 2016 with 31 participants in PSS training and 31 participants in M&E training.
CENTRAL DARFUR TRAINING:
Another training was conducted in Central Darfur in 20th to 26 of November, 2016 with 28 participants in PSS training and 28 participants in M&E training.
EAST DARFUR TRAINING:
Training was conducted in East Darfur in 27 to 3rd of November, 2016 with 30 participants in PSS training and 30 participants in M&E training.
SOUTH DARFUR TRAINING:
Training was conducted in South Darfur in 20 to 27 of November, 2016 with 30 participants in PSS training and 30 participants in M&E training.
Training was conducted in Kassala in 19 to 26 of March, 2017 with participants 21 in PSS training and 21 participants in M&E training.
The total of 272 participants were trained in 2016 in the national rollout for Psychosocial Support for children and Adolescents in Emergency Setting manual and the total of 272 were trained in Monitoring and Evaluation Protocol were sum of participants.