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Unicef Oman hosts workshop to update child protection manual

Ministry of Social Development and Unicef Oman held a workshop on 'National Guidance Manual for Child Protection.'
Ministry of Social Development and Unicef Oman held a workshop on 'National Guidance Manual for Child Protection.'

MUSCAT: Under the leadership of the Ministry of Social Development and in collaboration with Unicef Oman, a comprehensive validation workshop was held to review the updated 'National Guidance Manual for Child Protection.'

This critical initiative represents a key milestone in the ongoing efforts to strengthen the national child protection system and ensure the well-being of children across the Sultanate.

The updated 'Child Protection Manual' aims to establish a unified and clear referral mechanisms for the cases based on its level of danger along with case management system, to promote a cohesive approach among all stakeholders.

By strengthening the roles of various entities in preventing and responding to risks, harm, and violence, the manual seeks to address child protection issues at both preventive and early intervention levels.

The workshop brought together representatives from governmental institutions, academia, child protection committees, NGOs, community organisations, and agencies serving executive authorities.

Through collaborative discussions and expert insights, participants worked to refine the manual, ensuring it provides a robust reference framework for all involved in child protection efforts.

Sumaira Chowdhury, Unicef Oman Representative, says, “The updated manual is a significant step forward in our collective mission to protect children at risk,” said “It will enhance intervention mechanisms and ensure that all entities are equipped with the necessary guidelines to effectively address and prevent violence and harm against children.”

The workshop highlighted the significance of a coordinated approach, utilising the strengths and resources of various sectors to create a safer environment for children.

By promoting collaboration and sharing best practices, the updated manual seeks to enhance the effectiveness of child protection interventions throughout Oman.

Unicef Oman remains committed to supporting the government and its partners in their efforts to safeguard children’s rights and well-being.

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