Last updated: Sep. 19, 2022
Status: Under Implementation

Child Protection and Development Project (UNICEF NL)

Approval date
October 22, 2020
Effectiveness Date
January 22, 2021
First Disbursement Date
May 19, 2021
Closing date
July 31, 2024
Burn rate


The Child Resilience and Protection Project aims to strengthen the capacity of Sint Maarten’s education and child protection systems to respond to the needs of children and adolescents.

The well-being of Sint Maarten’s children, teachers, and parents following natural disasters and global health emergencies is critical for swift recovery. The project will strengthen the Child Protection System to safeguard children and will support schools to be better equipped to respond to disasters. The project will be implemented by UNICEF-Netherlands (UNICEF-NL) in coordination with the Sint Maarten Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (MECYS). 

Financial Summary:




The Project's main activities are:

  • Nurturing children and adolescents’ well-being:

    design of a school-based screening tool to detect emotional issues, implementation of a psychosocial program for students and their caregivers, training for teachers in violence prevention;

  • Strengthening Child Protection systems:

    professionalizing the referral and case management system, development of a Child Protection Information System, capacity building of professionals working with children, support for early interventions for vulnerable children, and promoting the mainstreaming of the Child Protection in emergencies.

  • Strengthening schools and MECYS’ resilience to disasters:

    (re)design of disaster preparedness plans and training of students and teachers on school safety and resilience;

  • Project Implementation Support:

    increased capacity to implement disaster plans, detect psycho-social issues, and support children and adolescents.

Mental Health and Pyschosocial Support guidelines were developed in March 2022 on the school system's distress screening tool, which for the general student population is complete (and the special needs population tool is under development). Trainings on the screening tools began in July 2022. Additionally, a Positive Parenting Support Program is being developed with the support of the Caribbean Child Development Centre, the University of West Indies Open Campus, and Parenting Partners Caribbean. 


Activity Status End Target
Project beneficiaries suffering from distress symptoms referred to adequate services   100% of identified cases are channeled by the schools through referral pathways in a timely manner
School-based screening tool for distress symptoms   Implementation in 100% of the schools
Psycho-social training for care teams Program developed and provided to 68% of care teams and schools Program developed and provided to at least 100 % of care team and school by the project
Positive parenting program implemented    
Implementation of a violence prevention program in all schools  Ongoing 24 schools 50 day care/after school programs
Child protection sector information system in place    
Number of people/professionals trained/sensitized on the implementation of child rights and protection protocols in emergencies 135 60
Number of exercices reviewed and provided technical recommandation on   12
Proportion of schools safety and emergency teams trained in DRM 93 participants from 23 of 24 schools joined online trainings  100%