Webinar: Child Protection Systems Strengthening Approach (November 2016)

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

Guest Speakers:

  • 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.

For more information on the webinar, please consult the Strengthening Approach Summary Q&A  and Briefing Note.

Webinar: Safeguarding in Sports

In April 2016, the Child Safeguarding Working Group organized the second webinar of their webinar series:

International Child Safeguards in Sport 

Daniel Rhind, Senior Lecturer Social Psychology,  and Frank Owusu-Sekyere, PhD Researcher, who are lead researchers from Brunel University London for the International Child Safeguarding in Sport 3 Year Oak Foundation Research Study facilitated an excellent and informative webinar that included an:

  1. Introduction of the Child Safeguarding in Sport Safeguards
  2. Examples of research case studies on practical strengths and challenges of implementation of safeguards
  3. Q&A.

Below you can find the Webinar Materials:

Facilitating Child Participation in Child Protection-Video recording

Find below the videos from the conference Facilitating Child Participation in Child Protection, that took place in Toronto on October 5th and 6th 2015. 

The full agenda is available here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

Definition of participation – Armchair discussion (20 min.)

  • Susan Bissell, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  • Landon Pearson, Landon Pearson Resource Centre for the Study of Childhood and Children’s Rights


Definition of participation – Short presentations

  • Laura Wright, Right to Play (5 min.)
  • Ivette Fonseca, Plan Canada (5 min.)
  • Thaila Dixon-Eeet, Project C (5 min.)
  • Fred Hareau, Equitas (5 min.)
  • Linda Dale, Children/Youth as Peacebuilders (5 min.)


Ethical tensions – Panel presentations

  • Olivia Lecoufle, Save the Children Canada (10 min.)
  • Gillian Mann, Child Frontiers (10 min.)
  • William Myers, University of California at Davis (10 min.)
  • Kavita Ratna, Concerned for Working Children, India (10 min.)


Legal tensions – Panel presentations

  • Ben Elgaza, Youth
  • Kay Tisdall, University of Edinburgh
  • Lucy Jamieson, Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Irene Rizzini, Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Richard Carothers, Partners in Technology Exchange & Dena Aufseeser, University of Maryland


Summary of Day One from conference participants & Practical Tensions – Presentations

  • Jason Hart, University of Bath (10 min.)
  • Gerison Lansdown, International children’s rights advocate (10 min.)
  • Anna Amy Ho, Former Crown Ward, Crisis Counsellor at Victim Services Toronto, Public Speaker, and Dancer/Aerialist (10 min.)


Monitoring and Evaluation – Training Session (2 hrs.)

  • Gerison Lansdown, International children’s rights advocate


Crucial tensions and future directions: Reviewing the conference themes and outcomes (15 min.)

  • Jo Boyden, University of Oxford


Webinar: Measuring Separation in Emergencies (September 2015)


IICRD, in collaboration with the Child Protection in Crisis Learning Network, present the following FREE webinar:

Measuring Separation in Emergencies that will be held on September 24, 2015 – 6:00 am Pacific Time / 9:00 am EST

For more information  click here and to register, click here

CPC learning network

Conference on Child Participation & Child Protection (October 2015)

Here you will find all the videos, presentations and the papers that were submitted and discussed during the International conference – Child participation and child protection conference organized by Ryerson University and ICPNC in October 2015.

The full programme is accessible here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

The bios of the presenters are here: CPICP Presenter Bios

The Conference Summary is accessible here: CPICP Conference Summary

The Executive Summary is accessible here: CPICP Conference Executive Summary

VideosClick here to see the videos from the conference

Submitted papers

Sonja Grover, Ph.D., Lakehead University – Advocating for Children of Haitian Descent Born in the Dominican Republic to Undocumented Parents and Denied Dominican Birthright Nationality/Citizenship

Part I: Backgrounder on the Situation in the Dominican Republic Relating to the Illustrative OP3-CRC fictional case (Case brought under the third optional protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure)

Part II: UNICEF DR (on Behalf of a Group of second generation children of Haitian Descent Denied Dominican Nationality and Born in the DR in La Romana District to undocumented Dominican parents and at risk of forced deportation) v the Dominican Republic (An Illustrative Fictional OP3-CRC case brought by UNICEF)

Part III: An Advocacy Action Plan for Child Rights Defenders Regarding Children’s International Protection Needs and Birthright Nationality/Citizenship

Part IV: North American update: Donald Trump proposal for retroactive de-nationalization and denial of U.S. nationality for U.S. child citizens, mostly of Mexican descent, who currently have recognized birthright U.S. citizenship having been born in the U.S. to undocumented parents

Download presentation here

William Myers – Children’s right to defend their well-being and development

This exploratory think-piece probes a few provocative issues raised by the conference topic: Children’s Participation in Child Protection. It is occasioned by a theoretical question arising from practical field experience: What right do children have to independently defend their own best interests, as they see them, against not only the usual oppressors and exploiters but also against putative government or NGO “protectors” they either do not recognize as legitimate or whose purposes and agenda they disagree with?  As minors, do they have to knuckle under to whatever adult authority claims to want to protect them, or is there sufficient legal and moral justification for them to dismiss or oppose “protective” instruction they did not invite and regard as irrelevant or counterproductive?  And what about their rights? Sometimes children claim their rights in ways that directly conflict with national and international “child protection.”  

Download paper here

Conference Presentations

  • Definitions of child participation

Equitas Presentation – Fred Hareau

Right to Play Presentation – Laura Wright

Plan Presentation – Ivette Fonseca

  • Ethical tensions

Kavita Ratna – Working children

  • Legal tensions

Kay Tisdall – Legal personality and legal capacity

Lucy Jamieson – Contradictory visions of children

  • Political tensions

Irene Rizzini – Democratic processes of construction and implementation

Richard Carothers – Bolivia case

  • Practical tensions

Jason Hart – Institutional barriers
Gerison Lansdown – M&E tensions

  • Monitoring and Evaluation Training

Gerison Lansdown – M&E workshop

Additional resources:

CPICP Youth Preparatory Meeting Summary

CPICP Small Group Follow UP Planning Summary

CPICP Trends Mapping

International conference on Child participation and child protection (October 5th & 6th, 2015)


Ryerson University and the International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC) are convening this important international conference to address the relationship between child participation and child protection. Approximately 60 scholars (faculty & students), young people, policymakers and practitioners working on issues related to international child protection, child rights, and children’s participation will gather at this participatory, interactive event.

Where: Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

When:October 5th and 6th 2015

Click here to access all the relevant resources developed for the conference

The full programme is accessible here: CPICP Program – October 5-6 2015

The bios of the presenters are here: CPICP Presenter Bios

Key Goal of Conference

The key goal is to identify and discuss the current gaps or issues that require priority in research and advocacy in order to support child participation in international child protection efforts.

International child protection efforts aim to ensure that child rights are protected while improving the quality of life and wellbeing of young people around the world. The conference uses this broad working definition so that conclusions can be as applicable as possible to a wide range of activities, organizations, geographic areas and populations of children.

Specific objectives are:

  • Confirm a shared understanding across stakeholders of the common goal to advance child’s right to participate in international child protection practice
  • Demonstrate what we have learned and what we have done (lessons learned and follow-up activities) following past participatory activities
  • Develop an understanding of structural (ethical, political, social and economic, legal, attitudinal) barriers and effective solutions to children’s participation in protection. Why is it difficult to have participation in practice? Identify the tensions and tipping points between participation and protection, understanding where the emphasis upon the right to participation begins in international child protection and the right to protection ends, and vice versa.
  • Develop understanding of effective methods and tools to practice effective participation and to monitor progress in child participation
  • Respect children and youth’s perspectives about participation in protection in discussions
  • Contribute to a future research agenda to advance effective child participation in international child protection measures

Key speakers include

  • Dr. Susan Bissell – current head of child protection, UNICEF Headquarters
  • Dr. Jo Boyden – The Young Lives project of international childhood poverty, UK
  • Mr. Richard Carothers – Partners in Technology Exchange
  • Dr. Philip Cook – International Institute for Child Rights & Development and RoyalRoads University
  • Ms. Linda Dale – Children/Youth as Peacebuilders
  • Dr. Sonja Grover – Lakehead University
  • Dr. Jason Hart – University of Bath
  • Ms. Lucy Jamieson – Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town
  • Ms. Gerison Lansdown – international consultant, co-author of the Toolkit for monitoring and evaluating children’s participation
  • Dr. Gillian Mann – Child Frontiers
  • Dr. William Myers – University of California – Davis
  • Hon. Landon Pearson – L. Pearson Resource Centre for Study of Childhood & Children’s Rights
  • Ms. Kavita Ratna – Concerned for Working Children – India
  • Dr. Irene Rizzini –Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro & International Center for Research and Policy on Childhood, Brazil
  • Dr. Kay Tisdall – University of Edinburgh

Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru

It’s International Development Week! What are you doing to get involved?

The OCIC has launched a  collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges. Through individual and organizational stories the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) invites viewers to actively engage in a new narrative on international cooperation and solidarity.

Take a look at working children and youth as active and empowered citizens through the online gallery and empower yourself by learning. Click here!