CHILD FRONTIERS

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Research

2021 : [ UNICEF ESARO ] : Review of the CP and GBV programs in Covid-19

Child Frontiers is producing a mid-year and annual review of the Child Protection (CP) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) preparedness and response to COVID-19 and a guidance note on CP and GBV programs in case of public health emergencies in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region. These reviews will inform a regional direction for the COVID-19 Child Protection and GBV response by UNICEF through contextualization of global guidance, partnerships, knowledge management and evidence generation. UNICEF has been responding to the pandemic since March 2020 in 21 countries across the region to ensure the continuation of child protection and GBV related services. This focus has been on children and adolescents in the most vulnerable households and circumstances such as those in detention and residential care facilities, children on the move (refugee, displaced and migrant children), children living and working on the street, and children in quarantine centers.

2020 : [ UNICEF Uganda ] : Impact of Covid-19 on Harmful Practices

Child Frontiers is conducting an assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on harmful practices in Uganda, with a focus on child marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM) to generate evidence deepen understanding on how the pandemic impacts the risks and vulnerability of girls to harmful practices in selected districts and refugee communities. Measures used to prevent and control the spread of Covid-19 such as lockdowns and movement restrictions, can expose children to protection risks including harmful practices such as child marriage and FGM. This assessment will contribute evidence for strategic program direction, planning and implementation as well as address critical knowledge gap on the impact of Covid-19 on harmful practices.

2020 : [ UNICEF Rwanda ] : Learning initiative on transforming care in Eastern and Southern Africa

Child Frontiers is supporting UNICEF Rwanda and UNICEF ESARO to promote and facilitate a regional learning initiative strategically focused on transforming child care within a systems-based approach. This work is highly consultative and collaborative; opinions, expertise and insights from individuals and organisations are sought out and integrated into all phases of the efforts. The work involves two separate but interlinked areas of focus: Developing and supporting an online information exchange for state and non-state actors to share experiences and promising approaches and practices; and supporting and drafting the production of shared thematic and policy and practice-related briefs based on discussions within the community of practice. One main focus of these briefs is the learning that has happened in the alternative care sector during the time of COVID-19.

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Evaluation

2020: [ IOD Parc ] : UNICEF ECARO Evaluation Quality Reviews

Child Frontiers is part of a consortium of organizations led by IOD Parc, that has been awarded a contract to undertake country program evaluations and country thematic evaluations for UNICEF ECARO (Europe and Central Asia). Child Frontiers’ contribution will be of quality reviews, and will be joined in the consortium by IOD Parc, evaluation specialists IMC USA, Turkey-based social and economic policy research specialists Development Analytics, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan based research specialists M-Vector.

2020 : [ IOD Parc ] : UNHCR Evaluation Quality Assurance

Child Frontiers is partnering with IOD Parc to provide quality assurance input on child protection issues on Evaluation reports produced by UNICEF and United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

2020 : [ UNICEF Croatia ] : Evaluation of the Family and Community-Based Care

Child Frontiers is conducting a formative evaluation of the family and community-based services for prevention and response to violence, abuse, exploitation and exclusion of the most vulnerable children in Croatia. This evaluation will assess the extent to which the interventions conducted with UNICEF’s support in the period 2017-2021 are successful in terms of relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability, and also how gender and equity issues have been addressed. It will provide recommendations to support further improvements in provision of family and community-based services, and scaling up by the Government in centers for social welfare, family centers and other potential organizations within the social welfare system. The project will guide UNICEF’s contribution and role in the area and inform future UNICEF policy dialogue, strategic programming and child-focused policy advocacy in developing and expanding family and community-based services for the most vulnerable children and families.

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Technical Assistance

2021 : [ UNICEF HQ ] : Joint Program to Eliminate FGM

Child Frontiers is producing documents for the UNICEF Steering Committee for contributing donors to the Joint Program to Eliminate female gender mutilation (FGM). Child Frontiers is providing technical support to UNICEF by producing 4 papers on topical issues and good practices on eliminating FGM. Child Frontiers will also maintain partnerships and advocacies via donor working groups and facilitating consensus among all parties on agenda for donor meetings.

2020 : [ UNICEF Thailand ] : Child Protection System Visioning Exercise

Child Frontiers is supporting the Royal Government of Thailand to develop, through a participatory and facilitated process, a vision for protecting children throughout the country. The visioning process will support the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, led by the Department of Children and Youth, to conduct a comprehensive review of the structure and functioning of the existing child protection system.  Based on this analysis, a multi-stakeholder working group will undertake a process of national dialogue and debate to define and agree a long-term approach for protecting children in Thailand. The objective is to establish a unifying national vision or ‘direction of travel’ to guide child protection duty-bearers across government agencies and within the civil society sector.

2020 : [ UNICEF Afghanistan ] : Editing of Child Rights Policy

Child Frontiers is assisting the UNICEF Afghanistan in editing an early draft of the National Child Protection Policy, by contributing its expert knowledge and experience around developing such polices so that they may be aligned with international standards. A robust National Child Protection Policy is an important foundation in the implementation of the Law on the Protection of Children’s Rights in Afghanistan.

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Training

2020 : [ UNICEF Timor-Leste ] : Developing and Integrating a Covid-19 Training Module

Child Frontiers is developing a training module on child protection in the COVID-19 context, as complementary material to the existing training curriculum for the Social Welfare Workforce (SWW), implemented in Timor-Leste by the Ministry of Social Solidarity and Inclusion (MSSI) with the support of UNICEF.

2019 : [ Ai You Foundation ] : Child Welfare and Protection Training Workshop

Ai You Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in China engaged in child welfare and venture philanthropy, has contracted Child Frontiers to design and facilitate a capacity building workshop for their child welfare team to share and analyse the history, latest knowledge and international evidence around child welfare and protection, as well as approaches that have proven useful in different contexts. The Beijing workshop will be designed to strengthen Ai You’s child welfare programming as well as begin working with frontline staff and senior management to strategically assess the Foundation’s current role and potential future contributions to child welfare and protection both in China and internationally.

2019 : [ Family for Every Child ] : Research training and toolkit

Child Frontiers facilitated a research training in July 2019, for Family for Every Child’s Alliance Program Team on the topics of how to tell when research is the best approach to a problem and choosing a research focus, methods and types of primary research (possibly including participatory research and action research which are expressed interests of participants) and qualitative analysis. Child Frontiers will also provide technical advice on a research toolkit to provide a guide for staff, consultants and members on how to design, manage and contribute to research projects conducted by the Family for Every Child alliance and; compile Family for Every Child’s associated tools.

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