The Community Child Protection Exchange – our story, and why you should join!

  • What is the Community Child Protection Exchange?
  • Why do we need a Community Child Protection Exchange?
  • Who can join the Community Child Protection Exchange?
  • What are the benefits of becoming a member?
  • How can I find out more about the Community Child Protection Exchange?
  • About the Interagency Learning Initiative on Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and Child Protection Systems

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What is the Community Child Protection Exchange?

The Community Child Protection Exchange – or “Exchange” – is an online initiative which aims to improve the level of knowledge and understanding around community-based child protection mechanisms and national child protection systems.

The Exchange recognises the rich knowledge base which resides within the practitioners and implementers working with communities to protect children. This recognition is reflected in the Exchange’s “ground up” learning approach to information and knowledge exchange, which sees practitioners as experts in their field.

The Exchange website was set up in 2011 to enable practitioners from around the world to connect with each other and share information and learning on community-based child protection mechanisms and child protection systems. The Exchange also runs free access webinars with an emphasis on sharing experiences and encouraging lively dialogue between participants and speakers.

Why do we need a Community Child Protection Exchange?

Whilst numerous organisations and communities have been working to protect children for many years using a diverse range of responses and innovations at the local level, this important learning and experience is often not documented or shared widely.

The good news is that practitioners and researchers are increasingly starting to learn about and review the work they are doing with communities to protect children. However there is still work to be done in ensuring that practitioners incorporate key recommendations and implications from research into their work. Likewise, the wealth of information held at individual and community level needs to be shared more consistently with the national, regional and global levels.

In response, the Exchange aims to make information on community child protection flow more easily between practitioners.

Who can join the Community Child Protection Exchange?

Anyone interested in child protection can join the Exchange. The Exchange’s “ground up” learning approach means that the website and webinars are specifically designed to serve our key audience – the practitioners and implementers of community child protection programmes and projects. However, people working on all levels of child protection will also find the Exchange an important information source on community child protection.

The Exchange also works to enable members to link with each other – to discuss challenging issues, share their thoughts and experiences or provide support to each other. The Exchange’s friendly, easy to use website creates an informal environment where members can connect and share ideas. We also summarise key information and the latest thinking about community-based child protection mechanisms and child protection systems – through the development of short briefs, newsletters and webinars – to make it accessible and digestible to a broader audience.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

When you join the Exchange you become part of a global community of people working with local communities to keep children safe and well. You will be able to hear about other members’ work and experiences. You can ask for support from members, get feedback on an idea or swap experiences.

You’ll receive regular updates and alerts on the latest learning, events and other resources in brief, easy to read formats. You’ll also be able to join our webinars and link with the presenters. Finally, you can use the Exchange to post notices and increase awareness about your organisation and your work.

How can I find out more about the Community Child Protection Exchange?

The simplest way to learn more is to visit our website and have a look around. Ask the community a question or just tell us what you’re thinking. You can also follow the Exchange using your favourite social media – on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. In addition, the Exchange hosts are always happy to answer any queries or provide assistance where possible.

About the Interagency Learning Initiative on Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and Child Protection Systems

The Exchange is part of the Interagency Learning Initiative on Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and Child Protection Systems. This initiative seeks to strengthen learning on community child protection mechanisms and how they link to national child protection systems. The initiative also supports action research on strengthening community-based child protection mechanisms in Kenya and Sierra Leone. The working group includes: Child Protection Working Group, the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity, Human Sciences Research Council, IICRD, Oak Foundation, Plan International, REPSSI, Save the Children, Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Uganda, UNICEF, USAID DCOF, USAID PEPFAR, War Child Holland and World Vision International.