The intent of this first session is to underline that the centrality of the person should be a guiding consideration for any intervention. In this context ‘centrality’ is conceived as the recognition of the uniqueness of the human being. Therefore, the biographic, cultural and economic elements of the child’s story, and the child’s interaction with each actor represent the conditions able to determine the pertinence and efficacy of the intervention. Once recognised this holistic idea of ‘centrality’, the mandates and roles of the different actors could be reassessed, outlined and synergic operational relations could be further developed.
In giving a central role to the child involved in our reasoning, the centrality of the stakeholders’ ability/capacity to develop coordinated strategies that respond to needs and rights of the child concerned becomes important as well.
Therefore, the ability of the different actors to operate on the basis of their own mandate in strict synergic collaboration with the other actors involved and to implement integrated and inter-sectorial protection strategies is crucial.
In order to develop a systemic approach to child protection and prevention, specific attention should be dedicated to the analysis of these specific inter-mandate operational abilities. Moreover, these capacities to interact and to cooperate and coordinate effectively are essential for the definition of professional mandates as well.
Note: At this point it will be important to underline that is idea of ‘centrality’ represents as well a fundamental assumption to address the rigidity and ambiguity of mandates and their legal foundations.
Learning objectives for participants
® 2012-2013 IMPACT
Improving and Monitoring Protection Systems
Against Child Trafficking and Exploitation