Newsletter | June 2017
Dear CPC friends and colleagues:
The below newsletter is chock full of new learning, including three pieces of research that have emerged from the COMPASS program, Creating Opportunities through Mentoring, Parental Involvement, and Safe Spaces, an IRC-led program in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, and Pakistan.  For this project, the CPC Learning Network has overseen the research component.  The first COMPASS-related article  presents findings from a multi-country, cross-sectional study about violence against adolescent girls in conflict-affected settings.  The second examines how caregivers' attutudes towards gender are associated with adolescent girls' experiences of violence in the DRC, and the third explores how "narratives of fear" shape girls' participation in community life in the DRC and Ethiopia.  You'll find links to all three below.  We're also sharing new report from our affiliate in Uganda, the AfriChild Centre of Excellence for the Study of the African Child, about community-based child protection in a fishing community as well as articles and reports from partners all over the world.
We will also have a number of webinars coming up.  This Friday, June 9th, at 10am EDT, we will host a webinar on new learning from Haiti and Ethiopia from the Measuring Separation in Emergencies project.  Next Thursday, June 15th, at 10am EDT, we will also co-host a webinar with the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action about considerations for strengthening child protection systems in emergency settings.  Registration links for both webinars are below as well as a link for a recording of our recent webinar on child rights in the global compacts on refugees and migration.
There are many other resources, vacancies, and opportunities listed below as well.  As always, we enjoy hearing about and sharing the work you are doing. Please send any resources, events, or job postings you would like for us to share in our next update to
Mark Canavera, Associate Director
Publications and Updates from CPC Learning Network faculty affiliates
Prevalence and associated risk factors of violence against conflict-affected female adolescents: a multi-country, cross-sectional study
Over half of displaced civilians in humanitarian emergencies are children, and these settings pose unique threats to children's safety with long-lasting consequences. In a recent article published in the Journal of Global Health, CPC Learning Network director Lindsay Stark, senior research associate Khudejha Asghar, and associates broaden the limited evidence base on violence against adolescent girls in emergencies by estimating prevalence and predictors of violence among adolescents girls in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Ethiopia. Findings indicate a need for programs targeting younger populations, broader efforts to address different forms of victimization, and increased recognition of intimate partners and caregivers as perpetrators of violence in conflict-affected settings. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Stark here
An NPR article discussing the research can be found here.
Caregiver parenting and gender attitudes: Associations with violence against adolescent girls in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Violence against adolescent girls occurs at alarmingly high rates in conflict-affected settings, a reality due partly to their increased vulnerability from their age and gender. Humanitarian programming efforts, however, have historically focused either on child abuse prevention or intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention; they have not fully addressed the specific needs of adolescent girls, including engagement of caregivers to reduce risk of violence against adolescent girls. In this Child Abuse & Neglect article whose lead author is Kathryn Falb, CPC Learning Network director Lindsay Stark, senior research associate Khudejha Asghar, and colleagues examine whether gendered and parental attitudes of caregivers in South Kivu, DRC, were associated with their adolescent experiences of violence. Findings suggest that gender equitable attitudes for adults may be associated with reduced odds of sexual abuse and less acceptance of IPV for adolescent girl children. Understanding caregivers' attitudes may provide potential insight into how to more effectively engage and develop programming for caregivers to promote the safety and well-being of adolescent girls. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Falb here.
How Narratives of Fear Shape Girls' Participation in Community Life in Two Conflict-Affected Populations
Numerous social factors shape girls' lives in conflict-affected settings, affecting their vulnerability to gender-based violence (GBV). CPC faculty affiliate Marni Sommer and colleagues recently published an article on a qualitative study examining spaces of perceived safety and risk for girls living in two conflict-affected populations: camps in Ethiopia hosting primarily South Sudanese and Sudanese refugees and communities in eastern DRC. Three major themes emerged: a) challenges around caregiver-child communication regarding development, sex, and sexual violence; b) a typology of safe/risky spaces; and c) the influence of male-dominated spaces on experiences and fear of GBV. The findings have implications for programs focused on reducing adolescent girls' vulnerability to violence within conflict-affected contexts. 
Read the article here, or contact Dr. Sommer. 
A Study of Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms in a Fishing Community in Central Uganda
A recent study by the CPC affiliate institution the AfriChild Centre of Excellence for the Study of the African Child reveals that child labor and child prostitution--concepts defined and ranked by community members--are the two most harmful child protection concerns affecting children's well-being in Kiyindi, Uganda. Joyce Wanican, Executive Director of the AfriChild Centre, explains that the research was conducted to inform programs and policies to improve child well-being. Although this study, which was undertaken by Agatha Kafuko and colleagues, paints a bleak portrait of the realities that children in this impoverished fishing community face, it also highlights the work that community members are undertaking to support them and provides recommendations to improving the situation of children and families.
Read the report here
Webinar on Friday, June 9th - Measuring Separation in Emergencies: Piloting Innovative Methods in Humanitarian Settings
The Measuring Separation in Emergencies (MSiE) project is an inter-agency initiative funded by the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and coordinated by Save the Children in partnership with Columbia University in New York as part of the work plan of the Assessment, Measurement, and Evidence Working Group of the Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. The overall aim of MSiE is to strengthen emergency response programs for unaccompanied and separated children through the development of a suite of practical, field-tested methods to asses of the scale and nature of children's separation from their parents and caregivers during emergencies. The CPC Learning Network's Beth Rubenstein and Matt MacFarlane will host a webinar on Friday June 9th, at 10 AM EDT. This webinar will discuss results and learning from two pilots fielded in Ethiopia and Haiti, including recommendations for next steps in the development of tools and methods.  
Register for this webinar here.

Webinar on Thursday, June 15th - "Adapting to Learn, Learning to Adapt ": Considerations for Child Protection Systems Strengthening in Emergencies 
Systems strengthening is becoming a dominant paradigm for many child protection actors. In spite of prevailing support, the conceptualization of a "system strengthening approach" remains an area of continued discussion, contestation, and consensus building. Various studies have indicated ongoing challenges in implementing and realizing systems strengthening approaches in practice.  Co-hosted by the Alliance for Child Protection In Humanitarian Action, whose Systems Strengthening and Disaster Risk Reduction Task Force was co-led by the CPC Learning Network and Plan International, this webinar will present key learning and considerations for practitioners who want to think about what "child protection systems strengthening" might mean for those working in humanitarian settings. Presenters will include Pia Vraalsen, an associate at Child Frontiers, and Mark Canavera, associate director of the CPC Learning Network. The webinar will take place on June 15, at 10 AM EDT
Register for this webinar here.

In case you missed it: Second Webinar on the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compact on Refugees and the Compact on Refugees and the Global Compact on safe, orderly, and regular Migration
The second in the series of webinars organized by the Initiative for Child Rights in the Global Compacts, experts Mike Dottridge and Professor Jacqueline Bhabha outlined their current work on one of the key outputs of the initiative: a working document entitled "Child Rights in the Global Compact." This report lay out goals, targets and indicators - reflecting and building on the goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development - through which key commitments to child rights outlined in the New York Declaration can be operationalized across both global compacts. 
Access the documents and recording of the webinar here
The first webinar, which laid out the Initiative on Child Rights in the Global Compact, is available here.

Recent Events
Partners Define Indicators to Determine Reach and Impact of the INSPIRE Technical Package
This past March, PAHO hosted an expert meeting in Washington, D.C. where UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly convened the 10 core partners agencies behind INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children to develop coverage and impact indicators for the technical package. The CPC Learning Network serves as the civil society co-lead with WHO of the INSPIRE Working Group. A consensus was reached on a set of items by which to ascertain - at national and local levels - the extent to which the INSPIRE strategies are being implemented, the prevalance of risk and protective factors addressed by the strategies, and the prevalance of the different types of violence against children that INSPIRE targets. 
Read more about the meeting here
Other Articles and Reports
Understanding Masculinities: Results unveiled from the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East and North Africa
The International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) is the largest multi-country study of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. Coordinated by Promundo and UN Women in collaboration with local research partners, the report takes an innovative look at what it means to be a man in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, and Palestine today. Exploring key issues at home and at work, in public and private life, the research confronts many of the stereotypes commonly associated with men in the region and highlights pathways to gender equality. 
Read the report here
10 Years Later: Global Progress and Delay in Ending Violence against Children
A new report by the International NGO Council on Violence against Children and Adolescents which shows the progress and the global delay in ending violence against children since the first UN Study on Violence against Children. Millions of children are still beaten, tortured, and sentenced to death around the world despite increased attention to violence. This new study has found that countries have increasingly banned corporal punishment and abandoned life imprisonment for children over the last decade, but children under the age of 18 still face dangers from child marriage, "honor" killings, new forms of sexual violence; moreover, more children are facing the death penalty than ten years ago. 
Read the report here.
Letting the Future In: A Therapeutic Intervention for Children Affected by Sexual Abuse and Their Carers
The NSPCC commissioned an evaluation of this therapeutic intervention with children affected by sexual abuse, which is grounded in an understanding of trauma, attachment and resilience, with the universities of Bristol and Durham.  The evaluation examines the delivery of Letting the Future In through case studies of eight NSPCC teams. Family case studies were undertaken with 12 children and youth and 17 carers to understand the acceptability of the service, perceptions, and impact. The evaluation also explored the nature and quality of the therapeutic relationship developed during Letting the Future In in which 24 children, carers and practitioners took part.  This report is part of the NSPCC's Impact and Evidence series, which presents the findings of the society's research into its services and interventions.
Read the report here.
The Right to Protection: Ending Violence Against Children
Children without parental care are among the most vulnerable and left behind members of society, and they are one of the most likely groups to have been exposed to violence. This new publication by SOS Children's Villages examines the various forms of violence to which children without parental care or at risk of losing it are exposed. The publication also calls upon all stakeholders in the fields of child protection, development, humanitarian aid. and social services to take action to substantially reduce violence through appropriate prevention and response measures.   
Read the article here.
Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!): Guidance to Support Country Implementation
This recently released report aims to assist governments in deciding what to do to respond to the health needs of adolescents in their countries. It is intended as a reference document for national level policy-makers and program managers to assist in planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating adolescent health programs. Case studies illustrate that what is being recommended can be achieved. 
Read the report here.
New Learning: Expanding what we know about Intersecting VAW-VAC
For over a decade, Raising Voices has been working to prevent both violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC). Two exciting pieces from this research (in partnership with Columbia University, Makerere University, and support from Sexual Violence Research Initiative) were recently published to help understand intersecting violence from a feminist perspective, pointing to the patriarchal family structure as a cross-cutting risk. The first is a qualitative article published in Social Science & Medicine, "Towards a Feminist Understanding of Intersecting Violence against Women and Children in the Family," which explores lived experiences of intersecting IPV-VAC and the attitudes and social norms that often normalize this violence. The second is learning pape, "Potential Pathways to Prevention: Understanding the Intersections of Violence against Women and Children in the Family." Number 7 in Raising Voices's Learning from Practice series, this paper aims to translate research and program learning into actions that can advance discussion and experimentation to prevent violence.
Read the Social Science& Medicine article here, or contact lead author Sophie Namy here. The learning paper here.
In the Media
News article: "How can you leave no one behind when millions of children are uncounted?"
The exact figure of unregistered children around the world is unknown but it is measured in millions. In 2015, the world's governments signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which contain a central pledge to leave no one behind. When it comes to this specific issue, there is a problem in the way progress on many of the SDGs' 17 goals and 169 targets will be measured: most are or will be measured at country level through household-based surveys. By their nature, these surveys exclude people who live outside of traditional households. The homeless, refugees, and nomadic peoples--usually the poorest and the most vulnerable people among broader populations--are and will not be counted in household surveys, nor will children who live in orphanages or on the streets. Now many child rights advocates are insisting that all children are counted, a process that may require new measurement methods. This recently published article by the Guardian references work done by Lindsay Stark, director of the CPC Learning Network, and senior research associate Beth Rubenstein assessing the welfare of children living outside of family care in Cambodia.
Read the article here.
Resources and Opportunities
Sri Lanka: Child Care and Protection Website Launched
With the support of UNICEF and other partners, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) in Sri Lanka launched an educational website in March 2017. Its content aims to help children grow self-confident, have positive feelings about themselves, and have safe and loving relationships with their caregivers. The website is dedicated to providing reliable, up-to-date, and culturally relevant information pertaining to child development and protection issues enabling children,  adolescents, parents, and teachers to make decisions that increase resilience and reduce vulnerability of children via a consolidated digital platform. The NCPA acknowledges that each family is unique and hopes that the information provided will be a guide that each family can adapt. 
Check out the website here
Interfaith Toolkit to End Trafficking
The End Trafficking Project at UNICEF USA aims to raise awareness about child trafficking and mobilize communities to take meaningful action to help protect children. The End Trafficking Project views faith communities as especially powerful allies in the fight to end child trafficking; individuals across faith traditions are vocal allies in asserting the injustice of exploitation, the importance of hospitality, and the imperative to respond to the needs of vulnerable people. UNICEF USA has launched a toolkit to educate faith leaders, faith-based organizations, and houses of worship on the issue of human trafficking and to equip them with the tools and resources to take action against it. The toolkit contains resources from several faith traditions, including scriptural examples from major religious texts, and offers ideas for local faiths communities to combat human trafficking. 
Read more here
Breaking the Cycle of Violence to Children through Enabling Positive Parenting
The International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN) and the British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN)  will be hosting a joint conference whose theme is "Promoting Positive Parenting to Prevent Violence against Children." The aims of the conference are to explore the relevance to practice of findings from an international study by ISPCAN on promoting positive parenting and to identify practical ways of improving parenting practice to reduce the risks of child maltreatment. The event will take place in Birmingham, England on June 15, 2017
More information available here
New Journal: Journal of Gender-Based Violence
The Journal of Gender-Based Violence (JGBV), is the first international journal based in Europe to showcase work concerning gender-based violence (GBV) from scholars across disciplinary and topic boundaries and from a range of methodologies. The journal acknowledges both the breadth of GBV and its links to gendered inequalities. It aims to continue to document the voices and experiences of victims and survivors of GBV and of the varied and complex social structures, inequalities, and gender norms through which GBV is produced and sustained. JGBV editors invite interest from scholars working across the social sciences and related fields to contribute high quality papers for the understanding of GBV, policy, and/or activism, on sexual violence, domestic abuse, "honor"-based violence, prostitution, trafficking and/or reproductive violence, and abuse in a wide range of intimate, familial, community and societal contexts.  
More information available here
Call for Papers: Displacement and Mental Health
There is a particularly large gap in knowledge on effective, sustainable and culturally relevant dissemination and implementation of mental health evidence-based interventions in the health system of communities affected by displacement. Global Mental Health, an Open Access publication, is interested in original investigations with diverse populations across socio-cultural contexts and stages of the life course (a list of themes is provided on the website). Particular interest for papers that provide empirical data that can guide scaling up of implementation efforts. Papers can be submitted on a rolling basis until June 24, 2017
More information available here
Call for Short Stories and Photographs: "Rights should not be a fairy tale"
To celebrate its 90 years of existence and promote child and youth participation, the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN) is inviting children between the ages of 6 and 17 from OAS Member States to make submissions in contribution to a collection of short stories: "Rights Should Not Be A Fairy Tale." The short shorties should refer to the vision that children and adolescents have of the effective exercise of their rights and their relationship with the adult world. In line with this initiative, the IIN is also calling for photographs taken by children, also between the ages of 6 and 17 from OAS Member States, which will form part of a travelling exhibition called "An Album On Rights." The deadline for submissions is June 9, 2017.
More information available here
2017 PSS Forum: Equity, Equality for all Girls, Boys and Youth
REPSSI and its partners will host a biennial Psychosocial Support Forum to promote awareness and understanding of the importance of psychosocial support (PSS) and it share knowledge on approaches to providing it. The theme of the 4th PSS Form, which will take place in Arusha, Tanzania on September 4-6, 2017, is "Equity, Equality for all Girls, Boys and Youth." The aims of this forum are to share knowledge and skills and to explore roles and strategic national, regional, and international engagement for PSS practitioners to realise equity and equality for all girls, boys, and youth. 
More information available here
UNHCR's Urban Refugee Children Innovation Challenge
As of 2017, more than half of the world's 16.5 million refugees live in urban areas. UNHCR is looking for fresh and innovative ideas on how to work more effectively in cities to better protect urban refugee children. They are looking for ideas that are creative but realistic. UNHCR needs ideas that are implementable but are not "business as usual." Submitted ideas will receive direct feedback from UNHCR's Division of International Protection, from UNHCR Innovation, and from refugee youth themselves.  There will be possible funding up to $50,000 for the winning ideas that are chosen.   
More information available here
Call for Papers: Health Education and Migration 
Health Education Journal is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue of the journal on the topic of health education and migration. Scholars are encouraged to contribute papers that consider a full range of experiences of migrants as they engage with diverse forms of health education. Papers may focus on the experiences of difference migrant groups as well as issues, policies, and programs that influence health education and health literacy among migrant populations. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017
More information available here
Senior Women's Protection and Empowerment (WPE) Research Manager
International Rescue Committee (IRC) is implementing two multi-year research studies in partnership with Columbia University and the World Bank's Gender Innovation Lab to evaluate new and innovative violence prevention programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). IRC is seeking to hire a WPE Senior Research Manager responsible for coordinating all data collections and ongoing research projects, providing contextually relevant input research tools and results, monitoring activities linked to the research studdies that the IRC DRC is implementing in North and South Kivu, and contributing to the development of future research studies and grant applications. 
Read more and apply here
Technical Advisor for Social Work
M'Lop Tapang is a Cambodian non-governmental organization that works with vulnerable children, youth and their families since 2003. M'Lop Tapang has three major social work teams: Outreach team, Drugs and Harm Reduction team, and Child Protection team. They are looking for a qualified candidate to fill the position of Technical Advisor for Social Work to provide support to their social work programs. Closing date for applications is June 20, 2017
Read more and apply here
Consultancy: Quantitative Data Collection Quality Coordinator 
International Rescue Committee is seeking to hire a Quality Assurance Consultant to work an upcoming endline assessment for the Engaging Men through Accountable Practice (EMAP) intervention in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The EMAP impact evaluation will be launching mid-July in collaboration with the Gender Innovation Lab at the World Bank. This consultancy will be approximately 15 weeks of work with the necessity to be in country for 5-7 of those weeks (August-September). Fluency in French is required. 
Read more and apply here
Global Health Institute of University of Antwerp is looking to hire an epidemiologist (post-doc level) to join their research team for the NSETHIO project funded by the European Research Council studying the cause of nodding syndrome and epilepsy in onchocerciasis endemic countries. This position is for an initial 12 months fixed-term contract for a full-time position with possible extension.  Application deadline is June 15, 2017.
Read more and apply here
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