Child Protection - US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program

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Child Protection

Working Group

Moscow, Russia

November 14
-
15,
2011

Priority Areas for Grant Program


Children at
-
risk or without parental care


Training and technical assistance of child
protection professionals and the broader society


Sustainability of evidence
-
based civil society
child protection activities



Priority Area #1:

Children at
-
risk or without parental care





Children at
-
risk or without parental care


Prevention


Efforts to prevent children from entering care


Increase societal trust of child protection initiatives


Intervention


Effective programs and services for those children in care outside of the family (e.g., to recover
trust)


Evidence
-
based practices to effectively intervene so children can return to a family
-
based
placement


Improve family functioning


Follow
-
up Care


Implementing child
-
oriented holistic services to re
-
integrate children into the family and
community after being in care


Services to continue family strengthening


Research


Prevalence, process and outcome data


Independent/external monitoring and evaluation


Longitudinal study


Return on Investment Analysis


Collaborations


Social Media/IT


child
-
specific media advocacy


Youth involvement and Empowerment



Gender Barometer
-

#1


Fundamental gender dynamics for each


More boys are in care, and they are harder to place


Differing needs of boys and girls in these cases


Most significant are cases where there may be a teen pregnancy
or risk for sexual exploitation


Gender
-
appropriate role models


Concrete actions to address these differing needs constructively


Screening for all children entering care


Shelter, parenting training, vocational, and mentoring
programs for pregnant girls and teenage mothers


Training on sexual exploitation risks and prevention


Actions to ensure equal participation in program activities


Improved reporting and referral



Priority Area #
2
:

Training and Technical Assistance of Child
Protection Professionals and Broader Society




Training


Online, interactive, web
-
based skills training (e.g. hot lines, trust lines, school
mediation services, creation of inclusive/child friendly environment,
legal/regulatory framework, measurement, gender equity in parenting


Translation of “best practice” materials if valuable in other countries


Access to NCAC Child Abuse Library Online (
CALiO
) to obtain emerging
research and Best Practices


Education and cross
-
training of next generation of child protection leaders


Technical Assistance


Regular Peer Review of cases and process


Consultations on challenging cases


Collaborations:


IT/Social Media


Replication/implementation/dissemination mechanisms


Higher Education
-

Child protection professionals offer classes at University in
exchange for access to technology

Gender Barometer
-

#2


Fundamental gender dynamics for each


Important to educate professionals on the impact of gender
in regards to the experience and response to child abuse


Differing needs of boys and girls in these cases


Abuse dynamics and placement challenges may be affected
by gender


Concrete actions to address differing needs
constructively


Responding professionals need to be sensitive to the unique
needs of children of different genders


Actions to ensure equal participation in program
activities


None needed


Priority Area #3:

Sustainability of Evidence
-
Based Civil
Society Child Protection Activities



Sustainability of evidence
-
informed civil society
-
based child
protection activities


Resources


Human, including volunteers


Financial
-

especially difficult for child protection since there is no
natural or developing funding source


Communication


Settings should be child
-
friendly (including online communication)


Expertise (interface with education and online training)


Engagement


Government to support


NGOs to advocate


Other NGO networks and partnerships


Media


child
-
friendly and limited exposure to violence


Mechanisms for collaborative work


Bi
-
lateral cooperation is helpful

Gender Barometer
-

#3


Fundamental gender dynamics for each


Difficulty in recruiting males into the child protection field


Differing needs of boys and girls in these cases


More significant recruitment strategies for males are needed


Concrete actions to address these differing needs
constructively


Create internships and employment opportunities for
younger males


Social media recruiting


Actions to take to ensure equal participation in
program activities


See above

Cross
-
Collaboration Possibilities


Social Media/IT


opportunities throughout the workgroup


Higher Education


opportunity to:


share resources with mutual benefit


Educate next generation of child protection professionals and
broader society


Youth and Education


same clients, similar needs( youth
outcomes)

much opportunity for collaboration in youth



engagement and empowerment


Human Rights


child protection is a basic human right


Gender Equality




differential perspectives related to gender and child sexual abuse


cross training on child protection and family violence


gender appropriate relationship, family and parenting roles