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Dear friends and colleagues, 

The month of April will be busy for the CPC Learning Network and for our partners.  Below you will find information about two upcoming webinars, and we also hope that you will take a moment to visit our ever-growing YouTube channel, which stores past webinars and events.

In this newsletter, you will also find a number of  recent reports and guidance documents.  These include new research and guidance on attacks on education, guidance on how to conduct social service workforce gap analyses, an Arabic resources page for practitioners in child protection, and a recent global survey on violence against children. 

As always, we enjoy hearing about the work you are doing. Please send any resources, events, or job postings you would like us to share in our next update to  

Best wishes, 

Three Years of CPRA: Lessons from the Field
Hani Mansourian, a Research Associate of the CPC Learning Network, will present the findings from a review of the uses of the Child Protection Rapid Assessment (CPRA) tool in several field settings. Hani will share detailed findings and recommendations in a webinar to be hosted at 9:00 am EDT on Thursday, April 10th. 
The report is available on our website, a short  research brief and the  full report
Register for the webinar here.
A Grounded View of Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and their Linkages with the Wider Child Protection System in Three Rural and Urban Areas in Kenya
Join us for a webinar hosted on behalf of the Community Child Protection Exchange on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 9am EDT in which Mike Wessells, Kathleen Kostelny and Ken Ondoro will present and discuss what we are learning about community-based child protection mechanisms in three rural and urban areas in Kenya. The presenters will also discuss how these mechanisms link to more formal child protection systems.
Register here
Recording of Recent Webinar “Research on a Shoestring”
On March 17th, Drs. Lucie Cluver, Department of Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford University, and Monica Ruiz-Casares, Centre for Research on Children and Families at McGill University, presented their experiences, challenges and lessons learned in gathering evidence for child protection in South Africa and Liberia. The webinar, “Research on a Shoestring,” was co-hosted by the CPC Learning Network, REPSSI, the Community Child Protection Exchange and the Child Protection Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (CP MERG). In the thought-provoking presentations, they shared their creative approaches to achieving the best outcomes in such settings.
View the webinar recording here.
Access the presenters PowerPoint presentations from Dr. Monica Ruiz-Casares and Dr. Lucie Cluver
April International Child Policy Series Webinar

Moderated by Dr. Joan Lombardi, the International Child Policy Series April webinar will feature presentations on UNICEF’s "Evidence-based Global Advocacy for Early Childhood Development: Giving all children the best start to life" by Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, Senior Advisor for the Early Childhood Development Unit for UNICEF and "Strategies for Upscaling Early Childhood Development: Lessons from Mozambique" by Sara Poehlman, Senior Director of Early Childhood Development for Save the Children.
To RSVP for the April 25 webinar, receive computer and phone log-in instructions, and submit questions for the speakers, click here
Education under Attack
Education under Attack 2014, produced by the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack (GCPEA), is a comprehensive global study of targeted attacks on education. It underscores the impact these attacks have on education and how various bodies, such as governments and NGOs, respond. Not only does this study show the full extent of these attacks, it also gives methods to best protect schools and universities. The 30 most seriously affected countries are highlighted with a detailed account of the attacks in these countries from 2009 through the first nine months of 2013. 
Read the full report here.
Monitoring and Reporting to Enhance the Protection of Education in Situations of Insecurity and Conflict
Two CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates, Drs. Neil Boothby and Les Roberts, will soon conduct a study that will build on the findings in Education under Attack 2014.  The study, which will generate data in three countries, will review various methodologies used to monitor attacks on education in selected countries, measures to protect schools and their personnel, and ways to increase national capacity to monitor this violation of education. The study will examine the roles that different stakeholders play and recommend ways to increase the capacity of these stakeholders to monitor, respond, and prevent attacks.
NGO Engagement in MRM Resource Pack and Panel Event
The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict and UNICEF recently launched a Resource Pack on NGO Engagement in the Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM).  The Pack offers tools specifically for NGOs and civil society organizations to decide if and how to use the MRM to strengthen both their programming and the mechanism.  The resource pack aims to minimize any challenges with deciding how to engage with the MRM. It is available in English and French on the Watchlist website here.
Measuring Child MHPSS Mapping Report and Compendium
CPC Learning Network faculty affiliate Dr. Alastair Ager and colleagues recently mapped the methodologies and tools used to measure mental health and psychosocial wellbeing (MHPSS) of children in humanitarian contexts.  The 48 tools which met all inclusion criteria have each been used in multiple contexts. The study's recommendations include the development of a clear framework to guide the selection of relevant tools linked to the Inter-Agency Standing Committee's MHPSS guidelines. 
Read the full report here.
Evaluation of Child Friendly Spaces in Domiz Refugee Camp, Iraq
Columbia University, World Vision International, UNICEF, and Save the Children conducted this evaluation of Child Friendly Spaces (CFSs) in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. It documents the protective and restorative effectiveness of CFSs, identifies good practice in CFS design and implementation, and contributes to the development of better monitoring and evaluation tools for CFS programming. This is the third evaluation completed as part of this collaboration and the first related to the humanitarian response to the crisis in Syria. These three studies are each specific to their settings but can be used as an evidence base from which broader lessons related to CFS design, implementation and evaluation can be drawn.
Read the full report here.
Read the previous reports in  Ethiopia and Uganda.
Webinar recording: Promoting Gender Equality in Humanitarian Child Protection Responses
This CPWG webinar is intended for child protection coordination group members who are looking to integrate gender as a focus of their humanitarian child protection response. The CPWG produced the video in collaboration with artist Jason La Motte.
Watch the full video here
Useful Resources for Conducting Social Service Workforce Gap Analyses
In a sector with constrained resources, it is imperative to make sound, evidence-based decisions about social service workforce strengthening intervention. In order to do this, good workforce data are needed to inform those decisions and questions, including the composition of workforce, their training, and the services they provide. The  Global Social Service Workforce Alliance has compiled various resources to aid in conducting this typ of gap analyses for the social service workforce. The compiled resources and an accompanying explanation can be found  here
Psychological First Aid facilitator's manual
This manual is designed to provide the outline for facilitating an orientation for those who will administer psychological first aid (PFA) to people following an acute emergency. PFA provides humane, supportive and practical assistance in ways that respect dignity, culture, and abilities. The manual is broken down into three parts. The first is an overview of the contents of the manual and how to use it. Second, a step-by-step orientation agenda allows practitioners to implement this half-day orientation. Finally, the manual includes supporting materials to be used as handouts for participants in the orientation.
Access the full manual here.
Children's Reintegration in Moldova and Mexico
Family for Every Child is conducting a three-country study on strategies to ensure the sustainable reintegration of children without parental care, including the reintegration of child domestic workers in Nepal, children in residential care in Moldova, and children living and working on the street in Mexico. The two completed studies are highlighted here. 
The 15-month Mexican study undertaken by the NGO JUCONI set out to address the question, “What are successful elements in strategies to ensure the sustainable reintegration of children without parental care?” Read the full report on Mexico here
Most recently, Partnerships for Every Child, a Moldovan NGO, released a report on their 22-month longitudinal study of children in residential care. The research was conducted in the three phases of reintegration: pre-reunification, reunification, and post-reintegration at 6-9 months and 16-22 months. Read the full report on Moldova here
Global Survey on Violence Against Children
The Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence against Children (SRSG) released a survey on violence against children in all settings. The survey reviews the measures put in place to protect children from violence, to protect child victims, and to hold perpetrators accountable. Though there has been some progress since the seminal 2006 study, advances to protect children have not been sufficient. 
Read the full report here
CPWG Arabic Resources
The Child Protection Working Group has made several resources available in Arabic. The page is a repository of child protection in emergencies resources, categorized by Child Protection Minimum Standard (CPMS), and serves as an excellent resource for those working in child protection in emergencies at the field-level. Available resources cover all phases of emergencies and all CPMSs.
To access the Arabic Resources Page, please click here.
Diversity Data Kids
The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management recently launched, a new online data and analysis tool that provides unprecedented insight into wellbeing and inequities among the increasingly diverse child population in the United States. It allows users to zoom in from a national perspective to examine individual metropolitan areas, school districts, and in some cases even neighborhoods, providing pinpoint views of the often nuanced inequities present among children of varying racial and ethnic groups.
Check out the website at
Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop 2014
The Columbia Population Research Center is accepting applications for the Fragile Families Summer Data Workshop to be held June 11th – 13th, 2014, at the Columbia University School of Social Work in New York City. The workshop will familiarize participants with the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Additional information on the study can be found hereThis summer’s workshop will focus on the potential for comparative research. Junior faculty, advanced graduate students, and other young scholars are encouraged to apply.
For more information, visit the Columbia Population Research Center site here.
Caring for child survivors of sexual violence and promoting child mental health in humanitarian settings
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is hosting an event at the Human Rights Campaign National Headquarters. This event will share the IRC’s work on promoting effective and quality care to child survivors of sexual violence in humanitarian settings. In addition to the presentations on the IRC program and evaluation, there will be a panel discussion on the most recent research and programmatic lessons for effective strategies to help children recover and heal from trauma and abuse in conflict-affected settings. 
The event will be held in Washington DC, at the Human Rights Campaign National Headquarters, 1604 Rhode Island Ave, NW, on April 8, 2014 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm. Please RSVP to
Families Make the Difference
USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will host an event, "Families Make the Difference: Reducing violence against children in the home and promoting healthy child developmen" on April 11th, 2014, from 11am to 3.30pm in Washington DC. If you would like to attend in person, please email  Eduardo Garcia Rolland, and Martin Hayes.
If you are unable to attend in person, there will be a webcast with a live feed of the powerpoint presentations, camera’s on the presenters/panelists and participants, and provide the ability to write questions or comments. Connect to the webcast here
CPC is Hiring!
TheCPC Learning Network is seeking a consultant to develop and draft two documents to guide its ongoing strategic planning and governance reform processes. We are seeking to engage a consultant whose expertise lies in evaluating humanitarian network models and in the design or development of theories of change. The consultant will be hired for approximately 20 days in 2014.
Interested applicants should send a cover letter and CV to Mark Canavera, Associate Director of the CPC Learning Network, at by April 15, 2014.
Full posting is available here
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