This first manual in FHI 360’s Child Protection Toolkit, aims to enhance understanding of fundamental child protection issues. It is intended for everyone involved in programming for vulnerable children, from senior management staff to community volunteers.
Every child has the right to be safe from harm. Still, millions of children around the world are abused, neglected and exploited every year. Because children who experience violence and abuse can become adults who are less able to contribute to their societies, protecting children from harm is a vital aspect of development programs. To that end, FHI 360 developed a three-part child protection toolkit aimed at educating country program staff and the staff of local implementing partners on the fundamental aspects of child protection (CP).
This manual is one of three that make up FHI 360’s Child Protection Toolkit. The toolkit was developed by Tanya Medrano, the organization’s senior technical officer for vulnerable children, with the support of consultant Anne Tabben-Toussaint.
Child Protection Basics is the first part of FHI 360’s Child Protection Toolkit. The toolkit also contains:
- Guidelines and Programming Options for Protecting Children in Community-based Care and Support Programs. This manual provides guidelines on specific programming strategies and interventions that can be implemented at the child, family, community and government level to protect children.
- Guidelines for Becoming a Safe Organization for Children. This document provides guidance on implementing CP policies and procedures at the institutional level to protect children from intentional or unintentional harm.
The toolkit will strengthen the capacity of FHI 360 country programs and their local partners to effectively integrate and address child protection issues in community-based care and support programs and other interventions on behalf of vulnerable children.