Deploying police personnel trained in child protection has become an increasingly crucial element for UN peacekeeping missions. Mandated by the Security Council resolutions, they aim to protect children from the effects of conflict. Security Council resolutions 1261 (1999), 1379 (2001), 1460 (2003), 1612 (2005), 2143 (2014) and 2225 (2015) specifically call for the training of UN peacekeeping personnel on child protection. The mandates of UN peacekeeping missions have evolved to include the protection of children and all missions currently have a child protection mandate.
Accordingly, the training of UN peacekeeping personnel on child protection is recognized as a key priority for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in its child protection policy and DPKO and the Department of Field Support (DFS) have been mandated by the UN Security Council and the Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34) to develop specialized training materials on child protection for peacekeeping personnel, including UN Military and UN Police.
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