Training activities and agenda outline


 Total time required 4-4.5 hours 

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

B.    Brief lecture – 60 minutes
The facilitator presents in details the research findings and provides examples identified at the national level.  In particular referring to national experiences, the facilitator provides an overview of the findings related to all or part of the country involved in the IMPACT Project (Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Portugal).  The presentation is organised in two parts:

  • First part - 30 minutes: The presentation related to the findings of the IMPACT Project will be related to all the 5 areas of analysis, namely: inclusion and/or exclusion, compliance of laws, policies and practices, appropriateness and effectiveness of strategies implementation, policy coherence. This will provide an overview of the findings with a comparative approach.
  • Second part - 30 minutes: The facilitator provides information about one specific area of analysis (one out of the five mentioned) per each one of the country involved or on a selection of them

C.    Discussion – 30 minutes
The facilitator opens the discussion on the aspects presented. Once gathered the comments and the reaction of the participants , the facilitator further underlines that the 5 areas of analysis contribute and orient the assessment of the effectiveness of the interventions  in relation to policies and strategies primarily developed to respond to certain categories of children. The facilitator makes some practical examples on how the 5 areas of analysis could be  used in practice.

D.    Small group activity – 60-90 minutes
The group of participants is then divided in small groups of 5 persons to perform a role play. Always referring to the case story selected during Session 1, on the basis of the presentation and discussion each group is requested to apply the elements discussed to the case story selected answering to the following question:
What is, in your opinion, hampering the success of interventions and strategies?
While elaborating their answers, each group is asked to identify possible operational solutions.

E.    Partnership learning moment -30 minutes
Each team is asked to present to the plenary their list of elements which hamper the success of interventions and strategies. Each rapporteur of the small group is asked to present and explain  why they decided to present these  elements selected and their connection with the effectiveness of the intervention and how the system could deal with that.

Following all the presentations, the facilitator notes on a flip chart the ideas raised and leads a group discussion asking the participants to comment on the ideas presented by the different groups. In order to ensure that critique is offered in a constructive way, it must be closely monitored by the facilitator to ensure that the comments are targeted to the analysis of the  sociogram by the whole group of participants and that these do not slip into negative criticism.

Once the participants have offered their comments, the facilitator can ask the group if they have any further comments and what are the key lessons learnt from the role play that can be applied to real-life situations.

F.    Lessons application – 30 minutes
Once all the groups have presented the outcomes of their work and all the flip charts have been reviewed, 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 to setting up strategies, interventions, services; (3) what steps could be taken to increase more effective use of this approach.

G.    Closing 10 minutes
The facilitator reviews the list of the insights developed in the course of the session as main outcomes and briefly presents once more the IMPACT methodological assumptions related to the centrality of the human beings by using a PPT with the following list:

  • The capacity to develop protection is directly related to the consideration of an integrated set of criteria. These criteria could be aiming, for instance, at the following:
  • Consideration for the uniqueness of each individual and her/his story;
  • Prevention of discrimination within the child protection system;
  • Ensuring compliance with human rights together with effective monitoring and implementation of national and international standards

The facilitator should thank the participants and  time should be allowed for any final questions or observations.


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