The majority of the over 100,000 UN uniformed peacekeeping personnel perform their jobs with courage, dedication and professionalism. Yet those who commit sexual offences bring shame on the entire UN system and betray the trust of those that they have been sent to protect. There is a need for system-wide reform to ensure that such abuses cannot again occur with widespread impunity.
This research is the result of a partnership between Keeping Children Safe and the University of Reading, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. It is part of a broader project focused on how to safeguard children from sexual exploitation and abuse perpetrated by UN peacekeepers.
Using desk and field research, we have analysed child safeguarding policies and practices in the new mission in Haiti, (MINUJUSTH) and in related UN agencies and implementing partners. That research has involved doctrinal research on the laws, policies and practices within the UN and Haiti, the relevant international standards on child safeguarding, and field research in the country. Through a thorough exploration of current child safeguarding laws, policies and practices, ranging from training for peacekeepers through to reporting mechanisms and access to justice, we have identified good practice as well as gaps and weaknesses, and have created specific recommendations that will systematically address those issues and provide streamlined child safeguarding based on international standards and that is relevant to the mission in Haiti.