On Wednesday, 23 October 2019, a meeting of the Thematic Group “Protecting Children from Violence” was held at the Human Rights House. The meeting was dedicated to understanding INSPIRE strategies (7 strategies for ending violence against children).
In the introductory part of the meeting, MODS Director Saša Stefanović, presented the MODS campaign “Every Child Has the Right” marking the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, with a focus on the child’s right to protection from violence.
Marija Nijemčević Popovski, Coordinator of MODS Thematic Group “Protecting Children from Violence” and associate for programme development and implementation in the Foundation SOS Children’s Villages Serbia, presented the INSPIRE methodology consisting of seven strategies that together provided a comprehensive framework for preventing/ending violence against children.
In the second part of the meeting, the INSPIRE report for Serbia was presented, after which the thematic group participants jointly set MODS priorities in advocating for child protection against violence.
INSPIRE is an evidence-based resource for everyone committed to preventing and responding to violence against children and adolescents – from government to grassroots, private and civil sector. The goal of INSPIRE is to help countries and communities achieve key priorities of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The World Health Organization (WHO) initiated preparation of the INSPIRE package. The global partnership for ending violence against children was established in 2016. Currently, the partnership consists of 26 countries with a political commitment to invest in INSPIRE programmes for combating violence against children. INSPIRE aims to help various stakeholders moving in different, even opposite directions within the same area, move in the same direction in order to achieve the best possible effects, especially in the area of prevention of violence against children, making the ultimate impact greater and more significant than individual contributions. The INSPIRE Handbook contains 47 examples of evidence-based good practice programmes (or project ideas) that are successful in combating violence against children.
The INSPIRE package includes seven strategies that together provide a comprehensive framework for ending violence against children. Each strategy includes a key objective and explanation, the potential effects of preventing violence against children, specific approaches (including programmes, practices and policies) that enhance the strategy, and the evidence supporting these approaches. There are seven strategies:
• Implementation and enforcement of laws
• Norms and values
• Safe environments
• Parent and caregiver support
• Income and economic strengthening
• Response and support services
• Education and life skills