CAAFAG TF

Led By: Plan International and UNICEF

 

Our Mission

The overall goal of the Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) Task Force is to coordinate and collaborate amongst humanitarian responders and development actors and to provide technical support and capacity building to field practitioners to strengthen quality programming in emergencies and protracted crisis that prevents recruitment, facilitates release and responds to the needs of children associated with armed forces or armed groups.

Key Priorities of the Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG) Task Force

  • Increase field practitioner access to and use of inter-agency guidance and tools to prevent and respond to child recruitment in armed forces and armed groups.
  • Enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviour of humanitarian and development responders to prevent and respond to child recruitment into armed forces and armed groups.
  • Share evidence, research, good practices and lessons learned that contribute to a better understanding of CAAFAG issues and effective response.
  • Facilitate linkages between the CAAFAG TF and the other global platforms and initiatives, including but not limited to Paris Principles Steering Group and other Task Forces and Working Groups under the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.

Latest News

Register Today! Community-Level Prevention: Release and Reintegration of CAAFAG

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Join the CAAFAG Task Force for a webinar focusing on the involvement of the community in the prevention of recruitment and use, the facilitation of release, and the reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG). This is an opportunity to hear from child protection actors about their experience in engaging the communities in CAAFAG programming and to discuss good...

Hot Off the Press from the CAAFAG Task Force - April 2022

MHPSS in CAAFAG Programmes Resource Package: It is an inter-agency package of resources that aims to support the integration of MHPSS into programmes for the prevention, release, and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups. The resource package is the result of a collaboration between the MHPSS Collaborative, UNICEF and the CAAFAG task force. It is available here...

Coming Up! Launch of the CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit

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The CAAFAG task force is very pleased to announce the launch of the CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit on the 16th of February at 9 am EST/ 3 pm CET. The objective of the toolkit is to provide field practitioners with the knowledge and skills to design quality gender-based programmes for CAAFAG, with the involvement of children, including former CAAFAG. The Programme Development Toolkit includes...

Updates from the CAAFAG Task Force

Introducing the Online CAAFAG Community of Practice The CAAFAG task force has officially launched the online CAAFAG community! This is an online space on the platform Changemakers for Children where you can ask questions, share experiences, know about events and new resources. You can also create your own discussion with other practitioners. This is a restricted community, accessible only to non...

Updates from the CAAFAG Task Force

Preventing child recruitment and strengthening reintegration: Launch of the Growing Strong Together Parenting Resource Package. The Parenting Resource Package was launched on the 23rd of November and is accessible here. The CAAFAG Task Force was also part of a round table on Children associated with armed forces and groups in sub-Saharan Africa: good practices and lessons learned in terms of...

Resources

Resource Package | Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in CAAFAG Programmes

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The CAAFAG Task Force was pleased to contributed to the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in CAAFAG Programmes Learning Package. The MHPSS in CAAFAG Programmes Resource Package (field-test version) is an inter-agency package of resources that aims to support the integration of MHPSS into programmes for the prevention, release, and reintegration of children associated with armed forces and...

Operational Guidance | Negotiating and Implementing Handover Protocols for the Transfer of CAAFAG

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March 2022 – Handover protocols are agreements by governments or armed groups to swiftly transfer children allegedly associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG) in their custody, or whom they have encountered, to child protection actors for appropriate support services, including, but not limited to, reintegration assistance. Handover protocols are an explicit recognition by states and...

CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit: Training Guide and Guidelines

 CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit: Training Guide and Guidelines
Tips for using the tools within the toolkit: Open the PDF using Abode Acrobat and find the tools identified with the paper clip icon. Then click on the small arrow on the left hand side and then on the paper clip icon to open the list of tools. Introduction: The CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit was produced by the CAAFAG Task Force of the Alliance for Child protection in Humanitarian Action...

Growing Strong Together: A Parenting Program to Support the Reintegration of Children and Prevent their Recruitment

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This Intervention Package aims at supporting practitioners to roll out and implement parenting intervention to protect children, and adolescents and young persons (8-21 years) from recruitment and promote their reintegration following association with armed forces or armed groups. If you would like to implement parenting interventions in CAAFAG contexts, these resources are for you, to help you...

Report | Capacity Needs and Gaps Analysis: CAAFAG Programming

The Alliance CAAFAG Task Force is implementing an interagency project with the aim to strengthen the capacities of field practitioners to design and implement programs related to the prevention of child recruitment, the release and the reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups across multiple contexts. Through this project, Plan International will develop a capacity...

Technical Note | Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups: Lessons Learnt and Good Practices on Prevention of Recruitment and Use, Release and Reintegration

This Technical Note provides information on the challenges that girls associated with armed forces and armed groups (GAAFAG) face during their recruitment, their period of association, and their reintegration, as well as lessons learnt and promising practices to implement gender-sensitive and gender-informed prevention, release and reintegration programmes. Very little global guidance is available...

Webinars

Webinar | Community-Level Prevention: Release and Reintegration of Child Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (CAAFAG)

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This webinar will focus on the involvement of the community in the prevention of recruitment and use, the facilitation of release, and the reintegration of children associated with armed forces and armed groups (CAAFAG). This is an opportunity to hear from child protection actors about their experience in engaging the communities in CAAFAG programming and to discuss good practices, lessons learned...

Webinar | Handover Protocols for the Transfer of Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups, Including CAAFAG in Detention

Find the Concept Note for this event here. Thousands of children in situations of armed conflict are doubly victimized: first, at the hands of armed groups or forces that recruit and use them in their ranks, and then by parties to the conflict who detain them for their alleged association with those groups or forces. Many of these children never receive the reintegration support and services they...

Virtual Launch | Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups Programme Development Toolkit

The CAAFAG Task Force is very pleased to announce the launch of the CAAFAG Programme Development Toolkit on the 16th of February at 9 am EST/ 3 pm CET. Simultaneous Interpretaion in French, Spanish and Arabic will be available during the event! The objective of the toolkit is to provide field practitioners with the knowledge and skills to design quality gender-based programmes for CAAFAG, with the...

CAAFAG and COVID-19 [English]

This webinar will focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on programs related to children associated with armed forces and armed groups. Building from Key Messages and Considerations for Programming for CAAFAG During COVID-19, this webinar will bring together CP practitioners from Nigeria, South Sudan, and the Philippines to discuss challenges, good practices, and lessons learned. Children who spend any...

Webinar | Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups

Register via this Zoom link. The Alliance CAAFAG Task Force is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups! Sandra Maignant, CAAFAG advisor for Plan International and writer of the Technical Note on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups will present the findings of her research and recommendations for gender sensitive programming. The...

Webinar | Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups (French version)

Register via this Zoom link. The Alliance CAAFAG Task Force is pleased to invite you to a webinar on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups! Sandra Maignant, CAAFAG advisor for Plan International and writer of the Technical Note on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups will present the findings of her research and recommendations for gender sensitive programming. The...

Webinar | Launch of the Technical Note on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups

Register via this Zoom link. Dear colleagues, We hope you are and your loved ones are well. The CAAFAG Task Force, co-led by UNICEF and Plan International, is excited to invite you to the Virtual Launch of a Technical Note on Girls Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups! The event will include a moderated discussion including two young women along with a discussion of the recommendations...

Webinar | CAAFAG and COVID-19 (French version)

Veuillez vous inscrire par ce Zoom link. Ce webinaire portera sur l'impact de la pandémie de COVID-19 sur les programmes concernant les enfants associés aux forces et groupes armés. A travers les messages clés et les considérations en lien avec ces programmes, ce webinaire réunira des professionnels de la protection de l'enfance travaillant dans les contextes de le Mali, la République démocratique...

Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups Task Force Leads

Sandra Maignant, Plan International

Giovanna Vio, UNICEF