Training activities and agenda outline

 Total time required 3-3.5 hours 

A.    Introduction – 20 minutes
Introduction to the session agenda and its objectives and expectations, along with the presentation assumptions using as background material the information included in the Chapter 2d and the Conclusions of the IMPACT Report 2013.

B.    Brainstorming: the needs/rights of the child  – 30 minutes
Always referring to the case story selected during the previous session, the facilitator invites the participants  to identify the rights and correlated needs of the child involved. The facilitator notes the group’s responses on the flip chart, and reiterates that the purpose of the session will be to identify the correlation of the needs of the child with his/her rights. On the basis of the answers provided, the facilitator underlines how every single need identified is guaranteed by a legal provision and the recognition of a right to our child.

 C.    Short lecture – 30/40 minutes
The facilitator presents a brief interactive lecture on the ‘Rights/Needs Framework’ and the principles behind it, how it could be applied to the national or local situation to enhance the effective implementation of the rights of the child involved.  The overall framework of legal statements set down by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in combination with the other international legal provisions concerned is introduced as the referral structure within which the analysis and the national and trans-national strategies have to be developed.

The facilitator underlines that the law is not exclusively considered in its primary legal meaning, but also as contributing factor at the identification of an area of intervention.  The national and international legal standards provide a framework of different thematic areas that need to be considered when developing holistic approaches in policy and practice.  

In particular, the Convention provides the more comprehensive framework of these thematic areas of intervention covering a continuum of measures for prevention, protection and empowerment of the child. Therefore, the Convention enables the identification of a common ground of action as result of the blending between the intervention operated throughout strategies and policies and the legal standards guaranteed by the international law.  This should find a translation in the national and local reality through the national and local legal provisions. Therefore it would be important that the facilitator makes some references to the national legislation dealing with the implementation of the UN Convention emphasising.   

The facilitator presents the children’s rights and correlating needs as these are afforded under the UN Convention on the rights of the child, as exemplification, clustered in 4 dimensions eventually using the following graphic representations (SDPP map):

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 D.    Open discussion – Possible synergic intervention - 60minutes
Always referring to the case story selected the facilitator asks the participants the following questions:

  1. What are the implications for the child and the actors involved in considering not only the needs dimension but also that of the rights?
  2. Being a fully-fledged rights holder, what does this imply for our child?
  3. What changes if we speak about rights and not only about needs?

The facilitator notes the answers on a flip chart. In doing so the facilitator should reiterates that one of the   purposes of the session will be to improve the ability to use the legal provisions as instruments of support of synergic and more appropriate actions of prevention, protection and empowerment.

Once they have done this, the facilitator can ask the participants  if they have any further comments and what are the key lessons that have learned from the discussion that can be applied to real-life and work situations.

Note: to better perform this last brainstorming, it would be useful to integrate the SDPP map with a graphic representation of the possible interventions.

E.    Lesson application – 30 minutes
Once all the participants have expressed their comments and observations , the facilitator and the participants work together to identify: (1) key lessons that could be extracted from this experience; (2) considerations to be kept in mind when operating; (3) what steps could be taken to increase more effective use of this approach.

F.    Closing 20 minutes
The facilitator reviews the activities undertaken in the course of the session and discusses how they have accomplished the objectives set out at the beginning of the session. It would be important here to have a brief discussion on how participants may apply what they shared/learned into their working life.
In closing the session, the facilitator briefly presents the IMPACT methodological assumptions related to the ‘Continuity between needs and rights’ by using a PPT with the following list:

  • Every intervention should be based on the holistic recognition of rights which have to be fulfilled
  • The identification of needs and their responses should be integrated and guided by the symmetrical identification of rights to which the individual is entitled
  • The continuity between needs and rights provide a functional map to orient analysis, programming and interventions

Participants should be thanked and time should be allowed for any final questions or observations.

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