Training Toolkit

 

This module provides guidance on how to utilise the content of the IMPACT project in a training context, using experience-based training methodology.

IMPACT believes that national child protection systems hold the central responsibility for providing support and assistance to child victims and children at risk and that a protection-focused response will by itself not suffice to effectively address child exploitation and trafficking. Many vital measures for the prevention of exploitation and the empowerment of children fall into the remit of policy sectors that may not be under the control of a national child protection system including social and economic policies, the labour market and employment, migration regime, the education and health systems, and matters of governance, such as fiscal policies, budget allocation and the rule of law. In consequence, a national child protection system can only fulfil its mandate when it is understood as an integral part of a broader system for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and when the public administration is operating effectively to make these systems work.

Therefore, our training activities focus on three main elements: (1) introduction of new knowledge,  (2) developing skills and (3) changing attitudes so that those operating in child protection systems and related stakeholders can carry out their roles in an effective and child-sensitive manner.

Many participants come to training programmes with a considerable amount of experiences, expertise and practical knowledge. Therefore with the final aim of adding new information and develop skills and attitudes of participant to be able to carry out their professional role and work with children more effectively, this guide defines possible training activities drawn upon the participants’ experience. In doing so the training module uses the so-called partnership learning procedures which  actively involves participants, draws on concrete working experience of participants and is practice-oriented. The training activities here suggested are based on this adult learning theory, which links what has been learnt to the real world trough empirical analysis with the understanding of the fact that adults learn best through discussion, sharing of experiences, practical exercises, discovery and analysis. As result, the training module limits the use of lectures by facilitator and emphasise active partnership learning.

The training Module is organised in six sessions, namely:

  • Session 1: Centrality of the person:  mapping cooperation and coordination among the various actors involved
  • Session 2: Continuity between needs and rights
  • Session 3: A holistic perspective
  • Session 4: Areas of analysis: inclusion and/or exclusion, compliance of laws, policies and practices, appropriateness and effectiveness of strategies implementation, policy coherence.
  • Session 5: Context, vulnerability and resources.
  • Session 6: Systemic dimension

For each session, a brief description of training activities is provided on the basis of the IMPACT assumptions and main findings. The training activities here suggested can be differently organised in terms of time and pedagogical approaches in compliance with the professional experience and knowledge of participants.

Each training session is ended by a bibliographic reference list meant to integrate the background knowledge material contained in the IMPACT Transnational Analysis 2013.

 

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