Systemic dimension


Child protection systems need to be effectively integrated into systemic approaches for the implementation of the Convention. There are many areas that are essential for prevention, empowerment and building resilience that cannot be addressed by a child protection approach alone.

On the basis of this assumption, it was a central objective of IMPACT to test the hypothesis that strengthening the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child will contribute to preventing child exploitation and trafficking and protecting children at risk. The objective was to understand the correlations between the status and quality of implementation and the vulnerability of children to exploitation and trafficking.

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The intent of this session is to underline that each protective intervention should be developed with the awareness that each social context can either facilitate or encumber it.  
Once clarified that the dimensions involved are different (quantitative, qualitative, mediation, coordination, legislative and economic), the session specifies that every intervention centred on the child should consider thoroughly all these dimensions, with the final aim of undertaking a successful intervention notwithstanding the adverse imposed conditions.

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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 related to the systemic dimension shaping the effectiveness of actions and strategies using as background material the information included in the concluding Chapter of the IMPACT Report 2013. The facilitator should place a particular emphasis on the systemic dimension influencing and identifying the opportunity to carry out effective actions and strategies. The facilitator here should integrate some practical example to clarify what this ‘systemic dimension’ means in practice and could be operationally used

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Further bibliographic references


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  • Mulroy, E.A. (2004), Theoretical perspectives on the social environment to guide management and community practice: An organization-in-environment approach. Administration in Social Work, 28(1).
  • Rothery, M. (2007), “Critical Ecological Systems Theory.” In Coady, N. and Lehmann, P. (Eds.) Theoretical Perspectives for Direct Social Work Practice. Springer Publishing Company.
  • Hassett, P. and I. Stevens (2005), Risk Management and Risk Assessment: A Training Pack. Glasgow: SIRCC.
  • Leischow, S. J., et al. (2008), Systems thinking to improve the public’s health. American  Journal of Preventative Medicine, 35(2S).
  • Leischow, S. J. & Milstein, B. (2006), Systems thinking and modeling for public health practice. American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 96(3).
  • Milligan, I. and I. Stevens (2006), ‘Balancing Rights and Risk: The Impact of Health and  Safety Regulations on the Lives of Children in Residential Care’, Journal of Social Work 6(3): 239–54.
  • Stacey, R.D. (2000), Strategic Management and Organisational Dynamics: The Challenge of Complexity. London: Prentice Hall.
  • Stevens, I. & Hassett, P. (2007), Applying complexity theory to risk in child protection practice. Childhood, 14(1).
  • Wilson, S. (2009), Proactively managing for outcomes in statutory child protection: The development of a management model. Administration in Social Work, 33.


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