The Community-based Child Protection Task Force held a webinar on Thursday, 4 Apr 2019, 13:00 - 14:00 (UTC+01:00) London, to discuss a “Community-Led Child Protection” toolkit developed by Professor Mike Wessells of Child Resilience Alliance and Patrick Onyango Mangen of TPO Uganda, on behalf of the Inter-Agency Learning Initiative on Strengthening Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and with support from the Community Child Protection Exchange. They discussed challenges in humanitarian contexts and tools to address them.
Michael Wessells, PhD, is Professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children. Currently, he is lead researcher on inter-agency, multi-country research on community-led child protection, including strengthening linkages with government led aspects of national child protection systems. This work has included learning from girls and boys directly about their lived experiences of violence and their coping and resilience amidst adversity. He regularly advises UN agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools.
Patrick Onyango Mangen, Msc. A development practitioner with over 20 years of demonstrable experience working with communities and families affected by violence, armed conflict and other man made disaster. Throughout most of his career Mr. Onyango has been passionate about strengthening and promoting the role of both formal and informal community based mechanisms so that they are able to identify, prevent and respond to protection risks and vulnerabilities that expose children, women and families in general to violence, exploitation and abuse. Mr. Onyango is presently the Country Director of TPO Uganda a national NGO that is quite involved in delivering child protection, mental health and psychosocial support programs to nationals and refugees resident in Uganda and the region.