Court of Guardianship and UNICEF host three-day Child Protection in Emergencies training

L-R – Rodney Richardson-Policy Advisor Prime Minister’s Cabinet, Joanna Wedge, UNICEF Child Protection in Emergencies-training/consultant, Prime Minister/Acting Minister of Justice Leona Romeo-Marlin, Richelda Rodriguez Emmanuel-Director of the Court of Guardianship, Anna Kroon-UNICEF Child Protection-specialist.


PHILIPSBURG – The Court of Guardianship of St. Maarten and UNICEF will be hosting a three-day Child Protection in Emergencies (CPiE) training on Friday May 18th, Monday 21st, and Tuesday 22nd from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm at the University of St. Maarten (USM). 

The CPiE training stems from the post-disaster needs assessments UNICEF conducted shortly after Hurricane Irma in September and October last year. The Child Protection assessment findings revealed the need for child protection to be mainstreamed and strengthened across the disaster management system in preparation for possible future disasters and the need to increase the understanding of Child Protection in Emergencies among key stakeholders in disaster response.

The objectives of the training are as follows:

  1. To introduce the key concepts on protecting children from future disasters
  2. To explore the global Child Protection Minimum Standards (CPMS) and situate them in the context of Sint Maarten
  3. The development of a concrete action plan to improve children’s protection through their emergency preparedness by each participant/participating institution or department.

The Child Protection Working Group’s Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Emergencies handbook will also be made available to all the participants during the training.