A holistic perspective


IMPACT proposes to complement measures that address situations of exploitation with measures that are targeted at addressing the underlying socio-economic and structural factors that create an environment in which children are vulnerable to exploitation.

From a policy making perspective, this has three implications:

  1. national child protection systems need to be strengthened to identify and respond to all forms and contexts of exploitation and children at risk;
  2. national child protection systems need to be embedded into broader strategies for the implementation of the CRC; and
  3. due attention needs to be given to ensure that these systems are operating effectively and that national laws and policies are implemented into child rights practice.


Read more: Assumptions


The intent of this third session is to clarify the necessity of a wider integration and connection among  cross-cutting elements and specialised policies for sustainable interventions of prevention and protection enabling a holistic approach to the person outside the emergency setting.

In relation to policies and strategies primarily developed to respond to certain categories of children, IMPACT aims to identify the relation between interventions dedicated to specific problems and specific categories of children with a transversal approach. This approach facilitates the identification of the most conducive elements to the effective and sustainable realizations of these interventions.

Read more: Objectives

Training activities and agenda outline

  Total time required 4-4.5 hours 

A.    Introduction – 20 minutes
Introduction to the session agenda, objectives and expectation, along with the presentation of assumptions using as background material the information included in the Chapters 2c and 5.d of the IMPACT Report 2013. In doing so the facilitator presents a brief, interactive lecture, the ‘vertical and horizontal approach’ 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.

Read more: Training activities and agenda outline

Further bibliographic references

  • KMOP/Defence for Children Italy (2013), IMPACT Transnational Analysis
  • Barnett K and Wedge J (2010), Child Protection Systems in Emergencies. A discussion paper, Child Protection Working Group
  • Cohen, B.J. (2002), Alternative organizing principles for the design of service delivery systems. Administration in Social Work, 26(2).
  • Ivery, J.M. (2007), Organizational Ecology: A theoretical framework for examining collaborative partnerships. Administration in Social Work, 31(4).
  • Landgren, K., (2005), ‘The Protective Environment: Development Support for Child Protection’, Human Rights Quarterly 27.
  • Landgren, K. (2004), Creating a Protective Environment for Children: A Framework for Action. New York, NY: UNICEF.
  • Munro, E. (2005), Improving Practice: Child protection as a systems approach. London: LSE Research Articles Online. Available at this link (accessed February 2014)
  • Stevens, I. and Cox, P. (2008), Complexity theory: Developing new understandings of child protection in field settings and in residential child care. British Journal of Social Work, 38, p. 1320.
  • Wulczyn, F. Daro, D. Fluke, J. Feldman, S. Glodek, C. and Lifanda, K. (2010), Adapting a Systems Approach to Child Protection: Key concepts and considerations, UNICEF


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