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Dear friends and colleagues,
Happy New Year! We are excited to present recent publications and upcoming events from the CPC Learning Network and partner agencies. 
We’re delighted to share the publication of the CPC Learning Network’s recent reports on community-based child protection mechanisms in protracted refugee settings in Uganda and Rwanda.  From a new study on corporal violence in Uganda to a UNICEF report and guidance on birth registration, our partners and colleagues have also been busy generating new research and resources in the field of child protection. 
Last year, we launched our webinar and symposium series, which we plan to expand this year. Below, you will also find information on an upcoming webinar on participatory action research with vulnerable populations by Amy Ritterbusch, Universidad de los Andes, as well as information about the second segment of our year-long symposium series on "Measuring the Immeasurable: Building the Evidence Necessary for Effective Child Protection and Family Welfare Policies and Programs."  This second symposium, which we are co-hosting with the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, will feature research concerning the social service workforce, especially those elements of the workforce that work with children and families
As we launch into a new year, we look forward to working with you in pursuit of a world where children are safe and healthy.
Best wishes, 
Building the Evidence Necessary for Effective Child Protection and Family Welfare Policies and Programs
On February 19th, the CPC Learning Network and the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance will host the second session of a three-part symposium series entitled “Measuring the Immeasurable: Building the Evidence Necessary for Effective Child Protection and Family Welfare Policies and Programs.” This symposium will bring together experts on the social service workforce, especially those elements of the workforce that work with children and families. Our aim is to discuss recent research and foster dialogue between those working on issues related to measurement of the social service workforce both domestically and internationally.
The symposium will be held in New York City from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. We will send more detailed information via a follow up email.
 To register for the symposium, or with questions, please email Eva Noble at
Participatory Action Research with Vulnerable Children and Youth: the Ethics of Researching Substance Abuse in Street Youth Populations 
Amy Ritterbusch, Universidad de los Andes, and CPC's PLG Coordinator for Colombia will share her experience conducting this participatory action research with street youth in Bogotá. The webinar will be held on February 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST. Amy will discuss the ethical dilemmas and challenges her research team has faced while working with children and youth that form part of vulnerable and excluded populations, particularly in regards to a difficult topic like substance abuse and will offer methodological insight as to how to negotiate these dilemmas in the participatory action research process. Amy will present data ffrom two studies, an 18 month NSF-funded study with street girls in Bogota, Colombia and an 12 month study funded by the Center for Security and Drug Studies at Universidad de los Andes. 
To register for the webinar on February 12th, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST, email Rena Deitz at
Webinar on children’s reintegration
On January 27th, Save the Children and Family for Every Child will present a webinar on behalf of the Inter-agency group on children’s reintegration, of which the CPC Learning Network is a member. This webinar will present findings from a desk-based study on the reintegration of children who have faced a multitude of challenges including alternative care, living on the street, or separated by conflict. In addition to analysis of the reintegration process, the report includes principles for good practice and steps for further research and action.
The webinar will be held on Monday January 27th, 2014 at 9 am EST. 
To join the webinar, click here.
 For more information on the “Reaching for Home” report, click here.
Did you miss one of our most recent webinars? They are now available on our YouTube channel. 
Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms in Protracted Refugee Settings
On October 1st, 2013 Mark Canavera, Associate Director of the CPC Learning Network, was joined by Alfred Stuart Mutiti, Child Protection and Psychosocial Specialist from UNICEF South Sudan on a webinar highlighting the findings from the first studies of community-based child protection mechanisms in refugee settings, which were conducted in Uganda and Rwanda. Follow these links to access the CBCPM webinar, in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2

SCORE Uganda Assessment Webinar

On December 11th, 2013, Massimo Lowicki-Zucca, the chief of party for AVSI’s SCORE project in Uganda, presented the findings of their recent assessment. Jason Wolfe from USAID and CPC's own Timothy Opobo from ChildFund Uganda joined the webinar as expert respondents. Click here to access the AVSI SCORE project assessment webinar.
Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms in Protracted Refugee Settings
The CPC Learning Network – working in collaboration with HealthNet TPO, TPO Uganda, InterAid Uganda, and AVSI on a project initiated by UNHCR – recently completed rapid ethnographic studies on community child protection mechanisms and their links to the education sector in protracted refugee settings in Uganda and Rwanda.  In both settings, the studies illuminated processes that refugees are using to care for and to protect their children, providing crucial insight for refugee-assisting organizations that hope to tailor their interventions to the populations they are supporting.  Moreover, both studies highlighted the urgent need for secondary school programs for refugee children and youth. This is an area of programming which refugee men, women, boys, and girls overwhelmingly identified as the most critical but often overlooked element for assuring their protection. The studies were primarily funded by the US State Department's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration with additional support from the US Agency for International Development's Displaced Children and Orphans Fund. They also led to the development of a "best practices" document for engaging with community mechanisms and making linkages with the education sector. 
The report on Rwanda is available here; Uganda here; and summary of best practices here
CPC also co-hosted a webinar on this topic in collaboration with the Community Child Protection Exchange. That webinar is now available online in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2
School Violence, Mental Health, and Educational Performance in Uganda
Despite much anecdotal evidence of violence against students by school staff, there is little evidence on the prevalence and effects of such violence. A team of researchers from various institutions in Uganda and the UK conducted a cross-sectional survey of students in Luwero District, Uganda to determine violence prevalence and effects. The findings show that despite a national ban on corporal punishment, students are still victims of violence in schools. This violence leads to negative mental health and educational outcomes. The report suggests that future interventions addressing violence against children target school staff. 
More information can be found in the full report here
2013 Review of Interventions to Reduce Adolescent Childbearing 
The Population Council recently conducted a review of literature on adolescent childbearing in low- and middle-income countries published between 2000 and 2011. The review found that school-based programs, health counseling, and cash transfers, among other interventions, have proven successful in reducing adolescent fertility. The report highlights evaluation efforts, best practices, and funding suggestions.
To read the full report, click here.
DHS Analytical Study: Spousal Violence and HIV: Exploring the Linkages in Five Sub-Saharan African Countries
This study looked at the link between spousal violence and women’s HIV status. Demographic and Health Surveys in Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe provided data on couples’ experiences with violence and HIV. The study found that, when controlling for risk factors, only physical spousal violence has a direct association with HIV. However, there is an indirect association between all forms of spousal violence and women’s HIV status. 
Read the full report here.
Birth registration: a child's passport to protection
UNICEF recently released two publications highlighting the need for birth registration and strategies for improvements in registration policies and programs. The first, “Every child's birth right: inequities and trends in birth registration,” is a statistical overview of birth registration data and estimates in 161 countries. Only 65% of all children are registered globally with the lowest registration rates in south Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. “A passport to protection: a guide to birth registration programming” provides useful background information and programming advice for those working on birth registration. 
To find out more and access the publications, click here.
NEW Watchlist Smartphone App on Children and Armed Conflict Available Online
The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict has released a new online version of its mobile phone application. The app provides readily available child protection documents, including legal framework and country situations. It is now available online, in addition to the mobile version for BlackBerry, iPhone and Android.
Access the website or download to your mobile device here.  
REPSSI Co-Hosts Regional Psychosocial Forum
As part of its advocacy and learning agenda, REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) in partnership with the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), the University Research Council (URC) and the East African Community co-hosted a regional forum on psychosocial support. This year’s theme, “Mainstreaming Psychosocial Support in Child Protection: linking evidence and practice,” allowed national governments, civil society, academia, international cooperating partners and community-based organizations to convene and explore the linkages between child protection and psychosocial support. Over the course of three days (29-31 October, 2013), the forum offered up examples of psychosocial support happening within national government programs as well as within child protection programs, economic strengthening and education initiatives. Information was shared across four plenary sessions, 15 tracks, eight skills building sessions, and four special sessions.  Key populations included children living with HIV, children affected by HIV, and older caregivers.
Copies of the program, the abstracts, and the power point presentations are all available online here.
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