Methodology & Deliverables

IMPACT has been conceived as an inter-disciplinary, participatory and consultative initiative.

It is being implemented through a combination of components and methods:

1)  Research and analysis: The research component has been implemented in each of the four participating countries. It has been built on desk reviews and primary data collection. The desk review combined a review of existing literature on relevant child rights and protection themes and an analysis of national laws and policies and their implementation into practice. The primary data collection involved key informant interviews and consultations with children, and will inform and complement the desk reviews. The four national studies has been consolidated in a transnational analysis in the regional context of the European Union and the Council of Europe. As an outcome, four national reports and one transnational report has been produced. To download all the reports please visit this section.

2) Consultative capacity strengthening at the national and transnational level: National workshops and consultations were organised in each country and at the regional level with the objective to jointly and at eye-level engage in a debate of the existing capacity and approaches of national child protection and welfare systems to prevent child trafficking and exploitation.

3) Key determinants for policy and practice: Identification and elaboration of key determinants to strengthen the capacity of child protection and welfare policies to prevent child exploitation and trafficking and to reduce the risks.  

4) Dissemination and information: Communication and dissemination of the project outcomes and materials at the national and regional levels.

IMPACT builds significantly on the project GATE ‘Guardians Against Child Trafficking and Exploitation’.  The roll-out of the activities under IMPACT will therefore build on the methods and substantive outcomes of GATE. These dimensions and benchmarks developed in the context of GATE reaffirm the centrality of the person and his or her rights in all policies for the prevention of child trafficking and exploitation and the protection of child victims.

Time-frame for the research: October 2012 – February 2014

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