Standard 7 Ensuring Follow up and Evaluation Respect for childrens involvement

Standard 7 ensuring follow up and evaluation respect

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procedures form an essential part of participatory work with children. Standard 7: Ensuring Follow-up and Evaluation – Respect for children’s involvement is indicated by a commitment to provide feedback and/or follow-up and to evaluate the quality and impact of children’s participation. 6.1.1 Tailoring Child Participation Standards to the Crisis Environment These standards require a certain interpretation within crisis situations. For example, in situations in which children and their families are dependent on relief agencies for food and health care, relief workers must explain to parents and children that their reception of aid is not conditional on their decision whether or not to participate. Security may also present serious obstacles to child participation in a crisis. Children’s involvement in the provision or collection of information can pose a security risk if armed groups believe that they are providing sensitive information, especially information related to grave rights violations of human rights that can then be used in international criminal procedures. Furthermore, in situations of armed conflict, children who have remained in their home villages in contested areas are often very difficult to access due to the overall insecurity of the area. Ensuring equality of opportunity for participation may require creativity in situations of ethnic conflict. In contexts where divisions among and between communities may prevent children from participating in joint activities, programmers may need to find creative ways to generate participation 18
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DRAFT – Toolkit on Child Rights in Humanitarian Crises and Post-Crisis Transition, July 2012 from all children together. Targeted efforts may also be needed to include the participation of hard to reach children including separated children, orphans, former children associated with armed forces and armed groups, and displaced children. Table 10. Bringing Children Together in Maluku, Indonesia By 2003, the inter-religious community violence among Christians and Muslims which took place in North Maluku in the early 2000s had left communities which had previously lived together in peace segregated along religious lines, and the walls of the Provincial Capital, Ternate, littered with messages of religious hated and intolerance. In this environment, there were few opportunities or spaces for youth to come together and interact across the religious divide, further entrenching the segregation that had taken hold despite youth’s hopes for a more peaceful future. In 2003, a local youth group approached UNICEF with the idea of developing an art-based peace contest for youth, and from this grew a peace graffiti/mural contest which saw the hate messages which covered the public spaces of Ternate replaced by artwork expressing youths’ messages of hope, peace and tolerance. With the express permission of the Ternate authorities to re-paint public spaces/walls, the criteria for youth to enter the contest were simple, but novel for Ternate at the time – each mural team had to comprise equal numbers of Muslims and Christians and young men and women. To entice and draw youth to participate in the contest,
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  • Child Rights

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