Child protection systems

Child protection systems involve coordinated interactions between a wide range of different actors such as children, families, communities, and subnational or national level authorities.

A child protection system can be defined as:

“certain formal and informal structures, functions and capacities that have been assembled to prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of children”.

Key elements of a child protection system include: human resources, finance, laws and policies, governance, monitoring and data collection as well as protection and response services and care management.

Key areas of concern to the expert group include alternative care, children with disabilities, children in migration, poverty/social exclusion and parenting and caregiver support.

The Expert Group makes special efforts to promote strategies and actions that engage children and their caregivers in shaping prevention and early intervention.