Newsletter | September 2017
Dear CPC friends and colleagues:
Heading into the last quarter of the year seems like a nice time to reflect upon partnerships and the various collaborations that make our work successful. At the heart of the CPC Learning Network's mission is convening service providers, policymakers, and researchers to think about what we need to learn and to make it happen, and September has been a month with ample opportunity for reflecting with these groups. At the annual meeting of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action held in Kampala, Uganda—for which the CPC Learning Network serves on the Steering Committee—we all agreed on the need to recommit ourselves to improving work for children and families affected by armed conflict. We are also working towards taking a socio-ecological, family centered approach to working for children affected by emergencies. The CPC Learning Network will help that inter-agency group to move forward on two specific fronts: first, we will co-lead with Save the Children the Assessment, Measurement, and Evidence Working Group, which is designing its strategy for the coming three years. The strategy will focus largely on making sure that measurement tools for ensuring improvements in children's lives in humanitarian settings can be used quickly and accurately. We will also co-lead, with World Vision (and potentially others!), the Cash and Child Protection Task Force, which will both link with the Global Protection Cluster's Cash and Protection Task Team and pursue its own child- and family-focused guidance for cash transfer programs. We also connected with the Child Protection area of responsibility of the Global Protection Cluster and were delighted to see the cluster coordinators working through how to take child protection in emergency programming to the next level. 
Another important partnership that we are happy to promote is the INSPIRE Working Group, which we co-lead with the World Health Organization on behalf of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. To spread the word about INSPIRE, we collaborated with Together for Girls and the Global Partnership to moderate a session at the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Forum 2017, bringing together amazing activists from Bolivia, Uganda, and Pakistan to talk about what this framework means for their work. As we engage with local partners around the world, we are learning that this evidence-based framework aligns well with local realities in various settings, and we are excited to help guide the process of sharing it, adapting it, and making sure that the evidence is more robust than ever in our collective efforts to make the world a safer place for children. Onward!
Mark Canavera, Associate Director
Publications from CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates
Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice
CPC faculty affiliates, Myriam Denov and Bree Akesson, recently co-edited a book on children and armed conflict titled Children Affected by Armed Conflict: Theory, Method, and Practice. Drawing from empirical studies in eleven conflict-ridden countries, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Colombia, Uganda, Palestine, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, and South Sudan, Children Affected by Armed Conflict crosses cultures and contexts to capture a range of perspectives on the realities of armed conflict and its aftermath for children. CPC faculty affiliate Mike Wessells and CPC director Lindsay Stark also contributed chapters to the book. The publication upends traditional views by emphasizing the experience of girls as well as boys, the unique social and contextual backgrounds of war-affected children, and the resilience and agency such children often display. The alternative approaches presented in this edited collection—which acknowledge the realities of both trauma and resilience—aim to generate more effective policies and intervention strategies in the face of a growing global public health crisis.   
 Read more here
Gender, Violence, Refugees
Dale Buscher, who serves on the CPC advisory board, contributed a chapter to the recently published collection of essays: Gender, Violence, Refugees. Providing nuanced accounts of how the social identities of men and women, the context of displacement and the experience or manifestation of violence interact, this collection offers conceptual analyses and in-depth case studies to illustrate how gender relations are affected by displacement, encampment and return. The essays show how these factors lead to various forms of direct, indirect and structural violence. This includes discussions of norms reflected in policy documents and practice, the relationship between relief structures and living conditions in camps, and forced military recruitment and forced return, and covers countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. The title of Dale Buscher's chapter is "Formidable Intersections: Forced Migration, Gender and Livelihoods"
 Read more here
In the Media: The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads
CPC faculty affiliate Marni Sommer was interviewed by National Public Radio about efforts to provide free sanitary pads to girls in low- and middle-income countries in Africa. While menstrual health researchers say it's encouraging that more African countries are talking about periods at the highest levels of power, giving out pads is only part of what needs to be done to help girls manage their periods and stay in school. In this article, Marni Sommer and other experts in adolescence health share their take on some frequently overlooked menstrual health considerations. 
 Read the article here
Articles and Reports
Toolkit on Mapping Legal, Health and Social Services Responses to Child Maltreatment 
Published by the World Health Organization (WHO), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, and the University of New Hampshire, this toolkit provides academics and decision-makers with strategies for conducting national or regional studies on the incidence of and agency response to child maltreatment. These studies are developed based on the collection of administrative data or through surveys of professionals. Such research is important to policy-makers who need information about which agencies have knowledge of the problem of child maltreatment, and their response when they encounter it. Based on this information, they can plan how to improve practices, enhance systems and strengthen professional capacity.
 Access the toolkit here
Can a Parenting Intervention to Prevent Early Conduct Problems Interrupt Girls' Risk for Intimate Partner Violence 10 years Later?
This recently published study by MK Ehrensaft et al. tests whether a parenting intervention for families of preschoolers at risk for conduct problems can prevent later risk for intimate partner violence (IPV). Ninety-nine preschoolers at familial risk for conduct problems were randomly assigned to intervention or control conditions. Ten years later, 45 children from the original preschool cohort and 43 of their siblings completed an assessment of their romantic relationships, including measures of physical and psychological IPV. Using an intent-to-treat (ITT) design, multivariate regressions show that females from families randomly assigned to intervention in early childhood scored more favorably than those in the control condition on perceptions of dating violence, beliefs about IPV prevalence, exposure to IPV in their own peer group, and expected sanction behaviors for IPV perpetration and victimization. Findings suggest that early parenting intervention may reduce the association of high-risk females with aggressive peers and partners in adolescence. 
Read the article here
A New Tune on Women's Rights in the Arab World 
Over the past three months, significant legal reforms on women's rights have advanced in a handful of countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The study, International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in MENA, shows just how challenging it is to translate laws into practice. Along with UN Women, IMAGES interviewed nearly 10,000 people in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine, with a focus on how men see gender roles and women's rights. Up to three-quarters of the men surveyed believe it is more important for a woman to marry than to have a career, and more than three-fifths of men in most of the countries say a woman should tolerate domestic violence to keep the family together. Shereen El Feki, senior fellow at Promundo who coordinates IMAGES MENA, recently wrote an opinion piece for the New York Times. The Op-Ed, referencing the study, urges new approaches to make progressive laws stick in MENA  and to help men and boys see gender rights as an opportunity, not a threat.   
Read Op-Ed article here.
Free Our Voices Campaign Toolkit
In 2014, the Free Our Voices campaign was launched by Child Helpline International to ensure that no child would be left unheard. The data collected over the period of 2004-2014 showed that one in two contacts to child helplines, around the world could not be answered because of a lack of resources. In the past three years, the campaign brought together child helplines and a variety of partners around the world on subjects such as harmonized regional numbers and online safety. Together, they addressed the problems child helplines face when trying to answer all the incoming contacts, from funding and infrastructure, to training. This toolkit contains valuable information that can help users start new partnerships or strengthen existing ones. 
Access the toolkit here.
Cross-national Comparison Study of Violence Among Young Men in China and the United Kingdom
A cross-national comparison study by Coid et al. examining violence among young men in China and in the United Kingdom was recently published. The study finds that Chinese men were less likely than British men to report all forms of violence except intimate partner violence. In the UK, attitudes which condone violence and a serious problem of alcohol-related, male-on-male violence are key targets for preventive interventions among British men. In China, treatment interventions aimed specifically at perpetrators of intimate partner violence may be appropriate. 
Read the article here.
Situational Analysis of Child Protection in the Province of Yatenga, Burkina Faso
In 2016, Educo, a global development NGO that supports children's rights to equitable and quality education, carried out a situational analysis of child protection in the province of Yatenga, Burkina Faso. The published report is meant to be a tool for all those who work for the promotion and respect of child rights. Recommendations made in the report should be prioritized to encourage collaborative action for better protection in the best interest of children.  
Read the report in French here.
Opportunities to Learn and Share
Call for Submissions: Justice for Children Award 
The Justice for Children Award is a competition organized by the Defence for Children International (DCI) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT), with the gracious support of Société de la Loterie de la Suisse Romande. The aim of the competition is to encourage academic research within European Universities on the obstacles and challenges that compromise the realization of children's rights in justice systems. This year's edition focuses on violence against girls involved in the justice system. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2017
Read more and apply here
Call for Submissions: 2018 International Social Work Conference
The call for submissions for the International Social Work Conference, held by East Africa Centre for Research and Innovation in Social Work (CRISOWO), is currently open. It will take place from March 20 to 22, 2018 in Kigali, Rwanda to coincide with World Social Work Day. The theme of the conference is Professional Social Work and Sustainable Development in Africa. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15, 2017
Read the guidelines and submit here
Call for Submissions: Woman Up - the 8th African Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Health
The 8th African Conference on Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights is an opportunity for academics, activists, and development workers to rethink and renew their commitment to sexual health and reproductive rights and reconnect with partners for change. The theme is "Advancing the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Girls and Women in Africa" and will take place from February 12 to 16, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30, 2017
Read the guidelines and submit here.
Workshop: Training for Child Safeguarding Focal Points
Spaces are still available for Keeping Children Safe's new open workshop for designated Child Safeguarding Focal Points. This workshop will give participants the knowledge and skills required of Child Safeguarding Focal Points to be able to support their organizations in implementing child safeguarding policies and procedures. The three-day training will take place in London from October 23 to 25, 2017.
Read about Keeping Children Safe's workshop and register here.
Video Launch and Webinar Discussion: What is Results-Based Protection?
InterAction's Protection Working Group will be launching a video on results-based protection (RBP) and a recent webinar discussion unpacking what RBP is, why it is useful, and what its practical application looks like in humanitarian practice. In the webinar discussion, practitioners seeking protection outcomes in humanitarian action share reflections on the relevance of RBP for humanitarian practice, what is required to implement results-based approaches operationally and organizationally, and how to achieve meaningful and measurable protective impact. 
Read more about RBP here
Watch the video here.
Call for Papers: Forced Migration Review Issue 58 - to be published in June 2018, feature on economies, work, and displacement
Forced Migration Review (FMR), a widely-read publication for articles related to forced migration and displacement, has a new call for papers. This upcoming issue of FMR will include a major feature on economies, work and displacement, plus a shorter section looking more specifically at refugee-led social protection. In particular, the FMR Editors are looking for practice-oriented submissions, reflecting a diverse range of experience and opinions which address pressing questions that arise from the complex reality of forced migration. Deadline for submissions is February 5, 2018
More information available here.
Conference: The 8th Milestones of the Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting
The 8th Milestones meeting is being generously hosted on behalf of the World Health Organization (WHO) by the Canadian Government and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The theme is Translating Sustainable Development Goal violence prevention targets into national and local action. It will be held in Canada from October 19 to 20, 2017. The meeting is invitation only and space is available. 
To receive a formal invitation, please register here.
Webinar: Interviewing Children in Safeguarding Investigations
Keeping Children Safe is hosting a webinar with Sam Blakemore, an accredited child abuse investigator and specialist interviewer, who will talk about interviewing children as victims or witnesses in safeguarding investigations. Sam will share his knowledge and experience of the 'PEACE' interviewing structure, with a focus on the benefits of rapport building, the use of 'clean language' and the types of questions that minimize the corruption and tainting of evidence when interviewing children in safeguarding investigations. The webinar will take place on October 12, 2017 at 12 pm BST.
To register for the webinar, please email Maryam Ehsani
Online Training: National Children's Advocacy Center Virtual Training Center
The National Children's Advocacy Center Virtual Training Center (NCACvtc) offers a wide range of free online training opportunities for child abuse professionals. NCACvtc includes live and archived webinars and recorded trainings. Webinars and recorded trainings, presented by subject matter experts in child maltreatment, address emerging issues and feature topics that support the adoption of evidence-based practices.
Register for free here
RTI International: Senior Early Childhood Development Advisor
RTI International is recruiting an early childhood development specialist to work within the ECD team to help build RTI's expertise, project portfolio and scientific stature in early childhood development and particularly early learning. S/he will provide technical assistance to pre-primary education and other ECD programs in a diverse range of countries, in the area of training and instructional quality, design and implementation of research studies, assessment, and policy analysis. The position can be based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina or Washington, D.C.  
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
LSHTM: Assistant Professor in Social Epidemiology
The Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group (SaME) within the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor. The Assistant Professor will conduct research linked to a peace-building intervention in schools in Cote D'Ivoire, developed by Graines de Paix. Fluency in French is required. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2017
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
War Child: Roving Child Protection and Psychosocial Support South Sudan
War Child Holland is seeking an inspiring and flexible trainer with proven experience in child protection and psychosocial support for their program in South Sudan. Responsibilities of this position include capacity building, implementation of child protection and psychosocial support activities, and networking/representation for War Child. The contract is for ten months with possibility of extension. The deadline to apply is October 25, 2017
Learn more about the position and apply here.  
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