The Protective Environment: Development Support for Child Protection

Karin Landgren

WHAT:  A paper introducing the concept of a ‘Protective Environment’ which outlines the elements required in a society for the effective protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse.  The eight elements key to protective environments are:
1)           Government commitment and capacity;
2)           Legislation and enforcement;
3)           Culture and customs;
4)           Open discussion;
5)           Children’s life skills, knowledge and participation;
6)           Capacity of families and communities;
7)           Essential services; and
8)           Monitoring, reporting and oversight.

The Protective Environment has been adopted by UNICEF and is key to their child protection philosophy and strategy.

WHO:  Policy makers, and human rights and development practitioners involved in child protection.

WHERE:  Global relevance.

WHY:  A useful explanation of the broad range of actions required to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children.  It presents the case for creating a common child protection platform nationally, within and across agencies.