To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the mandate of the UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, created by the UN General Assembly in December 1996, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that allied forces receive training on children affected by armed conflict.
The UK Ministry of Defence runs a bi-annual Human Security Advisers Course which educates UK and International personnel in the principles of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, Children and Armed Conflict, Human Trafficking and Protection of Civilians. The course also aims to train personnel in how best to implement these principles on operations. Since 2018, students from international militaries have included; Pakistan, Iraq, Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Somalia, Canada, United States, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
In December 2019, the UK will also provide a Human Security export course in Uruguay. This will provide clear guidance on how personnel can recognise, report and appropriately respond and refer children affected by armed conflict.