Goals and objectives: The Child Protection Index is a tool that measures government efforts to protect children using benchmarks established by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and reviewing these benchmarks under five dimensions of government action: the creation of laws, the availability of services, the capacity to protect and care for children, accountability mechanisms to verify government’s good actions and coordination protocols that link various government actors and services together.
Implementation: The CPI is a joint initiative of World Vision and ChildPact and was first piloted in Romania at the end of 2014. The index offers a platform to build capacity of partners and allies to analyze policy and hold government accountable to their commitments. The index unifies various sectors and actors (government, civil society and academia) under shared principles so that the system is “understood” together and increases collaboration for advocacy and grants once gaps are understood.
- Verified the gaps in the national child protection systems: the CPI provided an overview of the existing legislative and policy implementation frameworks, identifying the existing gaps between child protection policies and their degree of implementation at national level, according to the standards of the UNCRC. Thus, the results of the CPI have clearly shown where governments comply with the international child protection standards and where they are failing to do so. For instance, in Albania, a new law on child protection is currently under construction – the results of the CPI were part of the reform basis.
- It provided concrete evidence of what are the priorities and the needs in the child protection systems to be set and undertaken by governments in order to reform the social care systems in compliance with international standards (such as the UNCRC). The Index has emphasized the direction and the next steps in the child protection reforms in the countries of implementation.
- Has created cross-national comparisons for advocacy and funding purposes, in the field of child protection. The collected data and the results of the CPI have offered a comparison between systems, countries and priorities so that there can be an evidence-based understanding of government efforts, achievements and the impact of those achievements. This builds a regional approach to capacity building that minimizes the “north/south capacity building paradigm” and rather seeks out similarly situated countries for exchanges and technical assistance.
- The launch of the CPI results in each country constituted a favorable momentum to talk about child protection in the media and to the wider public, raising awareness on the most stringent reform needs that must be achieved in the child welfare system.
Replication: Following that successful implementation in Romania, the CPI was implemented in the rest of the eight above-mentioned countries throughout 2015 and 2016.
Budget: Depending on NGO consultancy costs at national level, the production of the Index can cost between €15,000-€20,000 plus additional advocacy costs.
Partners: BMZ – Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania, UNDP, Australian Aid, Oak Foundation.
Contact person: Mirela Oprea, Child Pact Secretary General
Phone: 0040 731 444 636
Contact person: Mirela Oprea, Jocelyn Penner, Policy Director
World Vision Middle East and Eastern Europe