Requests for Proposals – Developing a user-friendly version of a guide and toolkit for community-based child protection

Published: 2018
Author: Save the Children

Consultants sought. Deadline 03 July 2018.

Save the Children is developing an online, user-friendly version of a guide and associated toolkit which has already been written by Professor Michael Wessells of the Columbia Group for Children in Adversity on behalf of the Interagency Learning Initiative for Strengthening Community-Based Child Protection Mechanisms and National Child Protection Systems (ILI).

The guide and its companion tools are now in an advanced draft and are being actively shared with and used by stakeholders. You can access the advanced draft of the guide here (from google drive).

The purpose of the guide and its companion toolkit is to promote sustainable child protection alternatives that are community-led rather than NGO- or expert-led. It is hoped that the guide and toolkit will become important resources for practitioners wishing to strengthen approaches and practices which facilitate strong community ownership and are community-led.

The guide has been written with multiple audiences in mind – senior NGO managers and programmers, facilitators, and also donors and policy leaders. It consists of seven brief chapters written in an accessible style with a minimum of academic jargon and references. The guide and toolkit aim to increase understanding of community-led approaches and how to implement a community-led approach.

It is envisaged that the online, user-friendly version of the guide and toolkit will be easily searchable and navigable. The online version will be updated from time to time by the author and team.

The ILI is an interagency group, which for the last eight years, has focused on researching, sharing and promoting evidence and learning to strengthen policy, programmes and practice around community-owned and-led child protection. One of the key initiatives of the ILI has been the establishment of an online environment and network, the Community Child Protection Exchange, to bring child protection practitioners together and link them to key research and learning on this topic.