A Free Handbook on Planning Children and Youth’s Protection Through the Area Strategic Planning Process

The ‘Handbook on Planning Children and Youth’s Protection Through the Area Strategic Planning Process’ integrates theory with practice through three learning module sections designed to help ChildFund staff strengthen their programs using methods that promote child and youth protection.

The primary focus is on the Area Strategic Planning process, but the core content should also inform project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Each module presents key concepts mixed with interactive exercises. At the end of each module, a practical field exercise is provided to help participants apply new skills and information. Each module contains a Child Protection Practice Standard. These three practice standards are aligned with ChildFund’s Core Values, Area of Excellence and Core Outcomes. The standards provide helpful guidance for ensuring that child protection risks are being addressed through ChildFund programming.

These modules are intended for Area Strategic Planning (ASP) leaders to prepare National, Area office and Federation staff involved with organizing Area Strategic Planning Processes. Key Considerations: As a representative and leader in the ASP process, it is critical that there is a focus in preparing other ASP participants to facilitate discussions and learning to better understand the child protection issues and local contexts of vulnerability with the staff they supervise/coordinate.

Overarching Training Purpose: This training will enable participants to integrate child protection into program needs assessments, planning and designing programs, implementation and monitoring, and evaluation review processes. The entry point for the use of these methods is the Area Strategic Planning Process. Therefore, the APS process is the primary focus of this training. However, throughout the document references to other program processes are highlighted to help users integrate child protection considerations through ChildFund programming.

You can download this handbook for free here.