Translating Evidence to Policy ChangeChild protection programming is limited by the lack of information about which interventions and practices are most effective in responding to and preventing exploitation, abuse and violence towards children. The CPC Network generated evidence provides the rationale for improving policies and programs. We affect change by professionalizing the field of child protection, improving programs and implementing appropriate policies.
Why We Do This
Lack of standards and systems in the field of Child Protection
Key components of an effective system for child protection include: a legal and policy framework; institutions (government, non-government and private sector) with specific child protection functions; processes (monitoring and evaluation, referral, and coordination); and human and organizational capacity.
Professionalize the field of Child Protection
Practitioners and academics must master key program design and research skills before they are able realize better child protection programs and standards. Professionalization and capacity building can be achieved through trainings, workshops, and courses.
Graca Machel Study
This ground-breaking 1996 report by Graca Machel drew global attention to the devastating impact of armed conflict on children. The "Machel Study" proposed comprehensive actions for the international community to improve the protection and care of children affected by armed conflict.
Learning into Action Events
“At the field level, child protection programming remains constrained by the lack of information on which interventions and supports are most effective in responding to and preventing issues of exploitation, abuse, and violence toward children.”
The Learning Into Action Conference in Geneva, Switzerland, was held in June, 2010. The event was hosted by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG) and the CPC Network. The learning conference was an opportunity for individuals to actively engage in discussion around the implementation of serviced-based research on child protection in emergencies. Participants discussed, shared, and grew the field around the themes of building child protection systems, positive practices in child protection programming, evaluation and assessment methodologies, and measuring the magnitude of protection concerns. Together, these sessions met the objectives of:
- enabling and facilitating mutual North-South, NGO-academic learning and dialogue;
- identifying, disseminating and discussing current learning about effective practice and how to address different child protection issues;
- building inter-agency capacity to do systematic and outcome evaluations and other forms of documentation and learning that contribute to quality practice, policy development and advocacy; and
- helping define a learning agenda for the child protection sub-cluster. »
“There is a pressing need to undertake research to investigate how traditional community mechanisms, social capital and positive parenting examples can be harnessed to improve the protection of children. Informal child protection mechanisms play a significant role in child protection in Uganda and yet there is little evidence on their roles and how they can be linked to formal government policies to enhance child protection”
Mr. Kaboggoza Ssembatya, Assistant Commissioner, Children and Youth in the Uganda Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development
In July 2010 in Kampala, Uganda, representatives from a wide variety of Ugandan and international non-governmental organizations, UN, government and community based organizations gathered together to:
- Expand CPC Network membership in Uganda across geographic and crisis settings
- agree on membership and governance issues for CPC Uganda
- define the learning agenda by examining the problem of violence against children in Uganda
To achieve these goals participants examined available evidence on the prevalence of household and community violence in Uganda, explored the impact of violence on children and youth and discussed the successes and challenges of prior interventions which strove to increase the protection of children in Uganda and around the world. These discussions and examination of evidence-based examples led to the re-launching of a Ugandan-based network of actors working across crises to continue exploring what we "know" and what we still need to learn in the field of child protection. The CPC Network in Uganda will undertake new learning initiatives throughout the country starting with an interagency learning initiative to explore household violence and child security and well-being. »
Change into Action
CPC Sri Lanka worked with the Children's Secretariat of the Ministry of Child Development and Women's Affairs to establish an Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Network of practitioners within and outside government. A policy review is being conducted for the ECCD Network; the findings will be used in preparing a proposed law to regulate the delivery of ECCD services.
From March to July 2010, the Center on Child Protection supported the Ministry of Planning (BAPPENAS) in providing a rapid assessment on the existing social protection system for children in Indonesia. Findings were presented to the Director General for Social Services and Rehabilitation. The Ministry of Social Affairs is currently pursuing these recommendations to improve Indonesia's social assistance programs.