Protection programming guidelines and tools
GCPS supports organisations to develop strategies and high quality programmes to address a wide range of child protection and child safeguarding issues, through: Strategic review and strategy development & protection programming guidelines and tools.
Guidance documents on community-based child protection produced by GCPS for Plan International were launched in 2016 at the Oslo ‘International Expert Consultation on Strengthening Communities to Secure Children’s Right to Freedom from Violence’, hosted by Marta Santos Pais, UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children.
GCPS also developed ‘Community Action for Child Protection’ in consultation with Plan International staff across the world. This publication defines community-based child protection mechanisms, including their roles and responsibilities; sets out guiding principles for external support to community-based child protection; and proposes criteria for good practice in supporting community-based child protection in development and emergency settings.
As part of the preparation of ‘Community Action for Child Protection’, mapping studies were undertaken of community-based child protection mechanisms being supported by Plan International and others around the world. A further publication, ‘Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms – Global Synthesis Report of Plan International’s Support to CBCPMs’ was produced by GCPS as a summary of the mapping studies. GCPS conducted the studies in seven countries in West Africa and Eastern/Southern Africa.
GCPS was commissioned by Girl Hub (DFID/Nike Foundation) to produce a guidance and training resource to support designing safe programmes specifically for adolescent girls.
Through understanding the experience of different groups in the context in which they are working, the toolkit supports practitioners to think more carefully about what their programmes are trying to achieve and how these objectives can be achieved in a safe environment. The toolkit provides practical advice and guidance on how to keep girls safe within programmes and how to manage and address risks if they arise.