Source: The Serbian Network of Organizations for Children of Serbia – MODS
In May 2016, a child protection index training was held at the Human Rights House in Belgrade. The training represented an opportunity for the Members of the Network of Organizations for the Children of Serbia (MODS) to learn more about the Child Protection Index (CPI).
The Child Protection Index is a comparative policy tool developed by World Vision International in cooperation with ChildPact and implemented by local and national level civil society organisations. The CPI results for Serbia were published in 2015 and contained data up to the end of December 2013.
The training was led by Ms Dragana Socanin, president of the NGO Roditel, within the project „Young With a Voice“, conducted by the Association for the Development of Children and Youth – Open club. The training was realized in cooperation with representatives of the network of organizations for children from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo, and ChildPact, the regional child protection coalition.
Bearing in mind the significance of the Child Protection Index as a tool that provides insight into the development of national child protection systems along with regional comparison, it was necessary to introduce it to the members of the Network of Organizations for the Children of Serbia.
The Child Protection Index was presented to the training participants as a tool that can be used as a source of relevant data for advocacy purposes, for in-depth analysis of discrepancies between policies and implementation at the national level, as a basis for public policies, as recommendation for policy-makers, for the preparation and documentation of public statements, and for the planning and substantiating of evidence-based advocacy campaigns.
The Child Protection Index is a tool enabling comparison between public policies, which are designed and implemented by civil society associations at the local and national level. The Index assesses each current national child protection system by applying a common set of indicators across countries of the Black Sea region. It uses certain articles on child protection from the Hague Convention on parental responsibility and the protection of children, as well as principles derived from the systematic approach to child protection. The results of country level measurements illustrate the activity of each government in the field of child protection by providing an overview of guidelines, services, capacities, responsibility, and coordination.
The Index does not aim to measure the well-being of children directly, but rather to review public policies, investments and services dedicated to child protection. This publication represents the first of many country level measurements which will be revealed over the following years in order to provide a basis for analysis and comparison of the success rates and problems of countries within the region.
The Index should enable a new level of commitment of civil society, including child protection professionals and citizens, as well as greater commitment of donors and public policy-makers in the region in the years to come.
This objective and accessible evidence base can provide information for debates on policies, and can help bring together various governmental departments and other society members (government, civil society and academic community) based on mutual principles. It can also improve their cooperation and identify gaps between the public policies and practices by documenting the facts. By emphasizing the experience of those countries that are successful in the area of child protection, other governments in the region will be encouraged to take into the consideration the scores obtained by the Index, as well as its recommendatios.
The Index was piloted in Serbia, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Moldova and Kosovo.