Child Protection Systems
A range of factors lead to violations of children’s right to be protected. Among them are lack of access to quality education, rural–urban migration, displacement due to armed conflict or natural disaster, trafficking, harmful traditional practices, gender-based violence and discrimination due to gender, ability, political, ethnic or religious background. An effective national child protection system recognizes that the state has the ultimate responsibilities and human rights obligations towards children.
Save the Children believes that by building and strengthening child protection systems that are based on children’s rights, measures to protect all children will be holistic, inclusive, sustainable and well-coordinated. In essence, rights-based systems will lead to better protection for children.
A national child protection system consists of: laws and policies that protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, and violence; a central government mechanism for child protection which brings together central government departments, different provinces, central and local levels of government and civil society and mechanisms that bring perpetrators to justice. It also needs effective regulation and monitoring at all levels, for example in childcare institutions and schools and a committed workforce with relevant competencies and mandates.
In addition, a functioning child protection system should provide child-friendly services at all levels and be informed by children’s views and experiences. It strengthens families in the care and protection of their children. The services are regulated by quality standards and delivered by the government or accredited social agencies.
Save the Children recognizes that most countries in the world have a long way to go before reaching this level and we therefore work to find strategic entry points for advocacy and capacity building in each country.
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Recommended"Adapting to learn, learning to adapt": Overview of and considerations for child protection systems strengthening in emergencies
Systems strengthening is becoming a dominant paradigm for many child protection actors. This document provides guidance to all actors working in the international humanitarian community about strengthening child protection systems through emergency preparPublication year: 2016 Publisher(s): The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
RecommendedReview of Save the Children Norway's Support to Programmes for Child Protection System Strengthening: Evaluation
This report presents a review of the key results achieved through Save the Children Norway’s programming to strengthen the national child protection system in eight countries: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicara
RecommendedNational Child Protection Systems in the East Asia and Pacific Region: A review and analysis of mappings and assessments
This report presents the findings of a mappings and assessments review of child protection systems in 14 countries. The principal purpose of the study was to consolidate existing information on the shared strengths, challenges and priorities for developin
Case management is complex in any setting; it is even more complicated in a humanitarian context where risk, injuries, and violence are amplified. These guidelines have been developed at an inter-agency level through the Child Protection Working Group toPublication year: 2014 Publisher(s): CPWG, The Child Protection Working Group
RecommendedA Better Way to Protect ALL Children: The Theory and Practice of Child Protection Systems. Conference Report, UNICEF 2013
Report of the ‘A Better Way to Protect ALL Children: The theory and practice of child protection systems’ conference held in New Delhi in November 2012, prepared to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and to stimulate discussion about child protection
RecommendedUnited Nations Children’s Fund, Measuring and Monitoring Child Protection Systems:Proposed Core Indicators for the East Asia and Pacific Region, Strengthening Child Protection Series No. 3., UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok, 2012.
The third publication Measuring and Monitoring Child Protection Systems—Proposed Regional Core Indicators for East Asia and the Pacific in the UNICEF series Strengthening Child Protection Systems, proposes a framework of core indicators for measuring and
RecommendedStrengthening national child protection systems in emergencies through community-based mechanisms: A discussion paper
The right support for local mechanisms – like child welfare groups and child protection committees – can strengthen national child protection systems. This report sets out what steps child protection practitioners and donors can take to support system str
The story of David was created to demonstrate how national child protection systems can prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children. It is a short fictitious story that illustrates the situations of many children around the world. Unfort
RecommendedEvaluation of Save the Children’s Child Protection Interventions in Cambodia, Lao PDR and Solomon Islands and Their Appropriateness to System Strengthening
The purpose of this evaluation exercise was to understand how Save the Children Australia programming has influenced child protection system strengthening at various levels (community, subnational, national) in three countries: Cambodia, Lao People’s Demo
RecommendedChild Sensitive Social Protection in South Asia
Save the Children´s Child Sensitive Social Protection Programme (CSSP) in South Asia is gaining increased recognition globally as a key strategy to reduce child poverty and inequality. This film shows examples of how CSSP can be implemented in practice.Publication year: 2013 Publisher(s): Save the Children Finland