Child Protection Index launched in Brussels

On the 28th of September 2016, in Brussels, in the presence of EU stakeholders, CSO representatives and child rights experts – we have lunched the Child Protection Index (CPI) together with our reliable partners throughout this journey: World Vision International and the child-focused national coalitions involved in the piloting of the Index.

The Child Protection Index is a new instrument created jointly by World Vision and ChildPact, aiming to measure a country’s current child protection system against a common set of indicators. The Index uses specific child protection articles from the UNCRC and the principles from a systems approach to child protection as the common foundation. The results from each country illustrate the government’s actions towards child protection through the lens of policy, service delivery, capacity, accountability and coordination. Thus, the Child Protection Index does not measure the well-being of children directly, but it focuses on government policy, investment, and services. The Child Protection Index has been piloted in 9 countries through the work of more than 70 experts involved in data collection and analysis, the use of more than 600 indicators, and the issue of more than 100 policy recommendations.

The Index was launched in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee, in their premises. The discussions were opened by Adelina Toncean (Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly, Romania). Conny Lennenberg(Regional Leader, Middle East/Eastern Europe Regional Office, World Vision International) explained how in all the nine countries where the Index was piloted, the work quality of social workers faced several systemic difficulties. Boris Iarochevitch (Head of Division for Eastern Partnership, Regional cooperation and OSCE – European External Action Service) was the first EU official to give his positive input regarding the Child Protection Index. Hellen Gonnord (Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation, European External Action Service) also welcomed the results of the Child Protection Index and the importance of the tool. Verena Knaus (Senior Policy Advisor, UNICEF), Samantha Chaitkin (Representative for EU External Affairs, SOS Children’s Villages) and Jana Hainsworth (Secretary General, Eurochild) also brought their contribution to the panel discussions, discussing how the Child Protection Index could help ending violence against children.

Jocelyn Penner Hall (Policy Director, World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe) talked about the possibility of a second round of implementations of the Child Protection Index under a so-called CPI 2.0 that would be an online platform for “CSOs to talk to the governments in the same voice, and have a coordinated message.” She added that: “We rely on EU, on donors to start having those messages – to have the same voice like us.”

source: ChildPact