MRM Phasing Out

© UNICEF/NYHQ2012-0897/Brian Sokol
Children play outside a UNICEF-assisted transit centre for recently released former child soldiers, in the town of N’dele, capital of the northern Bamingui-Bangoran Prefecture, the Central African Republic.


  • For participants to reflect on the needs of their own respective countries and the needs for phasing out in a manner that will continue to provide protection to children
  • NOTE: if the training is occurring in a situation that is likely to be phasing out in the next 12 months this session should be extended and in greater detail than is suggested in the module.
Participants MRM Coordinators
Session Plenary Discussion
Time required 45 minutes
Venue requirements Main training room
Equipment Flip charts and markers
Resource person(s) 1 person with knowledge of child protection in countries in transition
Training materials - MRM Field Manual Section L "MRM Phasing Out"
Documents for participants - MRM Guidelines [PDF]
Access to materials All the training materials are included in Folder Module 15: MRM Phasing Out

Pre-session preparation

Print out questions for participants to consider in Step One of the session.

Session Sequence

Step One: Participants to read Section L of the Field Manual: "MRM Phasing Out" and reflect on how this might apply to their country and in particular to consider the following:

    1. Decision to terminate MRM
    2. Continuation of monitoring of child rights:
      - Who has the capacity to do this?
      - Can monitoring grave violations be incorporated into existing systems or new mechanism developed
      - Will the Protection Cluster take on responsibility to support government or other institutional capacity building?
    3. How will any further grave violations committed by armed forces or armed groups be responded to?
    4. Can the CTFMR continue to monitor and report in the interim period?
    5. When the CTFMR is finally terminated what happens to information (both paper and electronic) and equipment
    6. How is information held in case it is required for judicial purpose at a later date?
    7. When should you start planning for phasing out of MRM?

Step Two:

Brainstorming: List areas of concern that require discussion or clarification

Step Three: Group the points raised in the brainstorming, into areas that require clarification or for further discussion.

Ask key persons to provide answers where appropriate or enable participants an opportunity to explore the possibilities.

Tip: Timing will be crucial here if you are to cover a number of aspects on phasing out. Note that this is an area that is only just now evolving and possibly things will arise that have not been considered and will need to be addressed.

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