Child Protection in the era of the Sustainable Development Goals; Learning from evidence and rethinking approaches to policy and practice
ICPNC’s Monitoring & Evaluation Working Group was delighted to host the webinar on Child Protection Systems Strengthening Approach which was borne out of informal discussions and reflections between colleagues from Child Frontiers, World Vision and the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) noting the need on reflecting from on-going global efforts to strengthen child protection systems, particularly about its potential effectiveness and its considerable challenges to apply it to operational and functioning child protection systems in countries with very different cultural, political, historical and economic contexts.
This webinar focused on the learning from on-going global efforts to strengthen child protection systems in development and humanitarian settings. There appears to be a shared sense among many practitioners and organizations that discussions about how to transform child protection theory and policy into practice have reached a critical juncture.
The conclusions of various studies and evaluations show that, despite a general consensus about the potential effectiveness of the systems approach, there remain considerable challenges to apply this theoretical approach to operational and functioning child protection systems in countries with very different cultural, political, historical and economic contexts
- Dr. Philip Cook is the founder and current Executive Director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) and Faculty at Royal Roads University (RRU), in Canada.
- Bill Forbes is the Director of Child Protection for World Vision International, providing leadership to efforts to strengthen prevention and response to abuse, exploitation and neglect of children. Previously, Bill led the World Vision Peace and Justice Program in Cambodia for eight years, with a special focus on trafficking, sexual exploitation and abuse of children.