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1 developing a child protection strategy It is important in child protection to move from awareness and understanding into action and delivery as quickly as possible. To assist you with this, Courage has developed a number of templates to help you develop a child protection strategy using the Courage toolkit as a framework for your thinking: 1. Strategy Overview: Use this overview to structure your child protection strategy and to review it. 2. Vision Template: Use this template to develop a child protection vision for your community, refer to the Universal Child Rights and Developmental Needs Charts for inspiration. 3. Child Protection Challenges Template: Use this template to rank each of the child protection challenges in your community, refer to the Child Protection Challenges for inspiration. 4. Strategic Priorities Template: Use this template to identify short term, medium term and long term priorities once you have identified your top child protection challenges. 5. Action Plan Template: Complete this template for each of your priorities, using the Child Protection Strategies to assist you in your planning process. 6. Strategic Partnerships & Planning Templates: Use these templates to identity the strategic partners you will need to implement your child protection plan with, refer to the Courage Community Map and Child Protection Strategies to for inspiration. 7. Challenges/Disempowerment Theme Sorting: Use this template to group your child protection challenges under key disempowerment themes, which will then reveal what empowerment themes or guiding principles to use in your child protection strategy. For more information on developing a child protection strategy, see the Courage Facilitator Guide at

2 child protection strategy: overview Overarching Vision & Values for your Child Protection Plan What do we want to achieve? (Child Rights & Needs) What is the reality of our children? (Child Protection Challenges) Quarterly Review Identify & Prioritise Strategy Objectives Annual Strategic Planning Process Action Plan (What, Who, When, Where, Why & How) Partnership Plan (Roles & Responsibilities) Implementation & Measurement/Evaluation

3 child protection strategy: vision What is the purpose of children in our community and society? What world would we like to create for them to ensure that they thrive?

4 child protection strategy: child protection challenges ranking CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGE R A N K CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENEG R A N K CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGE R A N K CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGE R A N K CHILD PROTECTION CHALLENGE R A N K Poverty & Inequality Abandoned No Registration or Identity Child Trafficking Street Children, Unaccompanied Minors & Refugees Teenage Pregnancy Abuse in the Justice Care System Poor Nutrition Child Marriage Bullying Late Termination of Pregnancy Physical Abuse No/Poor Healthcare Virginity Testing Abuse of children with disabilities Stigma/Abuse of Pregnant Mothers Drug & Alcohol Abuse In-Utero (FASD) Mother to Baby HIV Transmission Corporal Punishment Murder & Attempted Murder No Education or Schooling Sexual Abuse & Rape Female Genital Mutilation & Circumcision Harmful Male Circumcision Emotional Abuse Child Labour Body Parts used for Traditional Medicine Orphaned Neglect Commercial Sexual Exploitation Child Headed Households Violence against Sexual Minorities Exposure to Gangsterism Self Harming & Suicide Addiction

5 WHAT IMPACT WILL THIS HAVE ON MY COMMUNITY? child protection strategy: strategic priorities SHORT TERM MEDIUM TERM LONG TERM LOW MEDIUM HIGH Priority 1 Priority 2 Priority 3 LOW MEDIUM HIGH HOW DIFFICULT WILL THIS BE TO IMPLEMENT/SOLVE?

6 child protection strategy: strategic action plan CHILD PROTECTION PRIORITY: WHAT & WHY Define what you want to achieve with this goal or priority? Define why you are doing it, in relation to achieving your child protection vision? MEASUREMENT & EVALUATION Identity they key measures of success for this priority? (Ask yourself, what would success look like if we achieved this? ) How would you measure whether you have achieved this priority or not? How often and when would you measure whether you have achieved this priority? HOW WHO WHEN How are you going to achieve this priority? (Use the Child Protection Strategy Maps to help you answer this question) Who is responsible for delivery? When must it be delivered by?

7 child protection strategy: strategic partnerships Me/My Organisation

8 child protection strategy: partnership plan need to get? Partner need to get? Partner Me/Us need to give? Me/Us need to give? need to get? Partner need to get? Partner Me/Us need to give? Me/Us need to give?

9 child protection strategy: challenges/disempowerment theme sorting

10 GOOD LUCK AND MAY YOU ALWAYS HAVE COURAGE IN YOUR HEART

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