UNICEF supports the analysis and mapping of Child and Adolescent protection system in Cape Verde

United Nations, Praia, 21 January 2013 - The Government of Cape Verde and UNICEF organize a seminar entitled “Analysis and Mapping of the System for Protecting Children and Adolescents in Cape Verde” at the United Nations building in the City of Praia, on 22 January 2013.

This seminar forms part of international expert assistance supported by UNICEF. Its aim is to help the country to map and analyse its current system for protecting children and adolescents, including both formal and informal structures. It also aims to identify the areas and elements that need strengthening in order to guarantee that the system is appropriate and effective in protecting children and adolescents in Cape Verde.

Since independence, Cape Verde has witnessed a significant improvement in the realm of child and adolescent protection, having recorded substantial progress in the area. In spite of the gains that have been achieved, there are still constraints and challenges that need to be overcome: the absence of a formal institutional framework for coordination in the area and the lack of a systemic and prevention-focused approach show the current limits to implementation of an integrated protection policy. The systemic approach is based on studies that show that in many respects, measures that are well-organised and adapted to protecting the rights of children and preventing or reducing violations of their rights are a pre-requisite for social and economic development.

Holding this consultancy in conjunction with the national authorities will enable the development of more effective public policies for:

The analysis and mapping of the national protection system will also allow national decision-makers a complete, shared vision of the components of the national system for protecting the rights of children and adolescents, as well as of the effectiveness and mutual interaction of these components and the potential entry points for strengthening the system.

The objectives of the seminar are to
i)          Present the Global Toolkit for the Mapping and Assessment of Child Protection Systems: this is the methodology that will be used to collect, collate, synthesise and analyse the data concerning child protection systems;

ii)         Adapt the Toolkit for the Cape Verde context.
This meeting with interested parties at different levels of the system for protecting children and adolescents is essential for ensuring correct adaptation and national ownership of the methodology. It is also essential for ensuring that the principal stakeholders share responsibility for the process, as well as ensuring the sustainability of the results and their implications in the future.

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