What is Child Protection?
Save the Children defines Child Protection as “measures and structures to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence affecting children”. These include sexual abuse and exploitation, child trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, child labour and harmful traditional practices (including early marriages and female genital mutilation). Children without appropriate care, in conflict with the law and in emergency situations, are especially vulnerable.
Child Protection is a growing area of work within the development and emergency contexts. Abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence represent a global phenomenon affecting girls and boys in all settings (family, work situations, communities, education system, institutions, etc), of all ages (0-18) and from any social background. Read more on Child protection at the thematic pages.
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What publications can be found in the digital library?
The library holds full text publications with focus on child rights. The publications are free to download. Please note that only part of the collection is licensed with Creative Commons license and that Save the Children does not own the copyright for all publications and can therefore not grant reproduction permission.
Each publication is tagged with relevant keywords in order to enable the library user to do narrow searches with a more relevant result. On the library pages you will find tips on how to succeed with your search. If you are unable to find a publication in our library, you can contact our librarian for personal support.
I have a publication I think is missing in the library, can I add it to the collection?
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How do I create my own library?
Simply register as a Resource centre user and go ahead and add publications to your own shelf. The next time you log in at the Resource centre you will find your personalized collection at “My library”.
I want to share “my library” with a colleague, is that possible?
Enter your bookshelf and use the “share” icons at the page end and send it to the person you want to share it with. Please note that your colleague has to register as a Resource centre user and be logged in to be able to access your personalized library.
What does CPI stand for and what is it?
CPI stands for the Child Protection Initiative. The Child Protection Initiative is one of Save the Children's six Global Initiatives and Campaign for SC members to support and benefit from. Save the Children’s Global Strategy 2010-2015 has identified 6 programme areas, - Health & Nutrition, Child Protection, Child Rights Governance, Education, Emergencies and HIV-AIDS, - of significant need for children where Save the Children have world-class experience. While members will continue to work in other areas, the ambition is that by 2015 around two-third of combined global resources are allocated to those areas. Global Initiatives are formed to put in place a structure to coordinate work across those critical areas, with clear programming, advocacy, communications and fundraising goals. The CPI became operational in May 2009 and aims to strengthen the rights of children to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. It is our ambition to reach 20 million children with preventative and remedial quality child protection services by 2015.
What are the areas of child protection that the CPI is
focusing on and why?
The CPI focuses on the two areas chosen as priority themes within Child Protection in the Save the Children global strategy:
Children without Appropriate Care; in institutions or on the move,
including child refugees, child migrants and trafficked children
Child Protection in Emergency; including sexual violence, children
associated with armed forces and groups, family separation and displacement.
During 2010, Child Labour will be explored with an ambition to become a third priority area.
What is the CRG Global Initiative?
Save the Children has established 6 Global Initiatives to facilitate progress on its priority strategic themes (Child Survival, Emergencies, HIV, Child Protection, Education – and Child Rights Governance). These Global Initiatives aim to facilitate coherence, coordination and oversight in delivery of the thematic components of the new Save the Children strategy and are complementary, not competitive, with the role and functions of the Members and the IPU. The Global Initiatives operate to support the delivery of the goals set for each of the key thematic sectors of the new strategy, working with the Members and the IPU to achieve this. They help to shape and guide the work of the Members and the IPU towards the achievement of these goals by creating awareness about them, supporting coordinated planning for their delivery, brokering technical and other support, providing capacity building, establishing CRG thematic networks, organising global advocacy, etc.
The CRG Global Initiative is the specific initiative set up to support the delivery of the Save the Children strategy in the area of child rights governance.
What is Child Rights Governance?
According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, governments have the primary responsibility for the implementation of children’s rights. At the same time there is a vital role of Save the Children International, civil society organisations and other non-state actors in:
• supporting States to move forward faster in fulfilling children’s rights
• holding States to account for what they have or haven’t done
• mobilising civil society to promote and defend children’s rights
Work on Child Rights Governance aims to build a society that fulfils children’s rights. It is an effective strategy for impacting on millions of children’s lives at scale, resulting in structural and therefore lasting change.
There are two essential components to good Child Rights Governance:
1. a government that takes real responsibility for implementing children’s rights and
2. a mobilised civil society, including children, which stands up for those rights and holds governments accountable.
Responsive government performance, transparency of information and decision-making and robust accountability mechanisms are essential for the realization of children’s rights. In parallel with this, an active and well organized civil society in support of children’s rights is an important counterpart to governmental action. Civil society organizations for child rights can hold their governments to account, advocate with and for children, and influence public attitudes.
What’s the difference between child rights governance and child protection?
Work on child rights governance is sometimes confused with work on child protection. This is because in the past child protection was frequently seen as being about the ‘protection of all children’s rights’. Now, however, we are clear that child protection work focuses on a sub-set of all children’s rights – children’s rights to protection from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. Child protection workers have the same responsibility as all other workers with children to defend children’s rights - but they should not be seen as having any special responsibility on child rights governance. Child Rights Governance is addressing structures and mechanisms at a more general level, usually relevant for all the rights of the child, while the structures and mechanisms lobbied for in child protection are relevant for protecting children against abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
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