Responses and Prevention: an introduction

© UNICEF/NYHQ2007-1084/Shehzad Noorani
Boys attend a motor-mechanics workshop at a UNICEF-assisted reintegration and rehabilitation centre for war-affected children in the Shikapur neighbourhood of the southern city of Kandahar, Afghanistan. Some 3,000 children, including former child soldiers, attend such centres, where they learn vocational skills and receive psychosocial counselling.

This module provides a very brief introduction and can be used for orientation sessions.


  • To alert participants to the need for responses for children who have had grave violations committed against them.
  • To identify the type of responses possible and the roles and responsibilities of relevant actors.
Participants Orientation
MRM Staff (This module is to be used ONLY if there is not enough time for modules 14B and 14C which are specific programme and advocacy sessions)
Session Participatory presentation
Time required 30 minutes
Venue requirements Main training room
Equipment Flipchart paper and markers
Laptop, LCD Projector
Resource person(s) The facilitator should have an understanding of programme responses in a multi-agency setting.
Training materials PPT Presentation "Responses: an introduction"
Documents for participants MRM Field Manual Section K "Reponses"
Access to materials In folder 14A - Responses Introduction

Session Sequence

In the plenary introduce the subject of Response using the PPT "Responses and Prevention: an introduction"

Slide 2: At the title slide, ask the participants what we mean by responses and try to build up the picture of the different type of responses. Share the rest of the slide as you build up the picture of the areas included in Responses and Prevention. Ensure that participants understand the various components of response (note support for accountability: if a family wish to pursue a judicial route for accountability there should at a minimum be a referral to an appropriate agency who can support the family in the process). And lastly emphasise that these responses can lead towards prevention.

Slide 3: At the title slide assign each table group either -

  • Individual responses
  • Community responses
  • Advocacy

Show the two questions and ask the groups to discuss for 5 minutes.

Ask the tables to feedback and encourage a discussion on who is responsible and how responses can be provided.

Slide 4: This slide emphasises the need for responses; not only does this help the individual(s) concerned but also builds trust in communities, confidence in the worth of MRM and may also enhance opportunities for monitoring.

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