Child Protection Index to be launched in Brussels next week

Photography credits: Silviu Ghetie

We are proud to announce the launch of the Child Protection Index (CPI) in Brussels, on the 28th of September, in the presence of EU stakeholders, CSO representatives and child rights experts and activists. The CPI is a new instrument created jointly by World Vision and ChildPact – it represents the foundation of our ambition to see the universal child protection requirements met and respected in the Balkans and South Caucasus regions.

Children’s rights are formally guaranteed by international documents, of which the most prominent is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), signed by almost all the countries in the world. However, after 25 years from its creation, only a few countries fully comply with it. Why? This is the question the CPI wants to answer. The Index measures to what extent the governments implement the UNCRC: what governments have promised vs. what still needs to be; and what policies exist on paper vs. what is implemented in reality, for children.

The Child Protection Index is a comparative policy tool that measures a country’s current child protection system against a common set of indicators. The Index uses specific child protection articles from the UNCRC and the principles from a systems approach to child protection as the common foundation. The results from each country illustrate the government’s actions towards child protection through the lens of policy, service delivery, capacity, accountability and coordination. Thus, the Child Protection Index does not measure the well-being of children directly, but it focuses on government policy, investment, and services.

The Child Protection Index has been piloted in 9 countries through the work of more than 70 experts involved in data collection and analysis, the use of more than 600 indicators, and the issue of more than 100 policy recommendations.

With the Child Protection Index, we can identify those gaps in the framework and implementation of the child protection system that requires fixing, changing and improving in order to enable policies and services to be aligned with the UNCRC requirements. Through the Child Protection Index evidence-based advocacy, World Vision and ChildPact, together with other national and regional actors, want to ensure that every child benefits of accessible, affordable and continuous protection inside and outside of the family environment. Aligning the strategies of all the actors involved in the wellbeing of children, showing policy-makers what works best for children and what does not, and continuing together the reform of the national child protection systems constitute the ultimate goal of the Index. Our endeavours require committed people who want to cooperate together to ensure happier lives for all children growing up today.

The launch takes place on Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 15.00 – 17.00, in Room JDE63, Rue Belliard 99, 1040 Brussels.