Prevention

Prevention Mission

The goal of the Alliance’s Prevention Initiative is to ensure prevention is understood and prioritised as a critical element of child protection across humanitarian action. Further investment in preventing harm to children, in addition to responsive actions, is needed for humanitarian to fulfill their ethical duty to prevent harm when possible, to uphold the best interest and rights of the child and to potentially be more cost-effective in our programming.

Objectives

Prevention is a strategic priority of the Alliance over 2021-2025. Over this period the Prevention Initiative will aim to:

  • Generate evidence on prevention as a cost-saving and life-saving intervention to protect children.
  • Grow knowledge, capacity, and understanding within the child protection sector on prevention strategies and approaches.
  • Engage with other sectors on incorporating child protection prevention strategies and approaches.

2021 Annual Meeting - Preventing Harm to Children

The theme of the Alliance’s 2021 Annual Meeting for Protection Children in was: Preventing Harm to Children. To find background papers, presentations and resources on prevention shared during the Meeting, click here. 

Video | Primary Prevention Explained: Sarah's Story

 
 

Watch this short video and learn about the importance of prevention for the protection of children in humanitiarian action.

Further Resources to Support Strengths-Based
Approach in Prevention Strategies and Measurement

Prevention approaches seeks to increase child wellbeing in humanitarian settings, not only reduce risks. These core resources will support practitioners to develop a strong conceptual understanding to inform programming as well as participative tools to understand child well being in context.

Defining and Measuring Child Well-Being in Humanitarian Action: A Contextualization Guide

This package includes a guide to leading contextualisation of child well-being in humanitarian action and an accompanying training package and facilitator’s guide.

Latest News

Prevention Initiative Update

Primary Prevention CPHA Position Paper: Prior to the 2021 Annaul Meeting, the Alliance released “From Theory to Practice: Towards a Framework for Primary Prevention in Child Protection in Humanitarian Action.” This position paper discusses the importance of primary prevention approaches to address child protection issues in humanitarian crises. The paper looks at why primary prevention is...

The 2021 Annual Meeting for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action begins MONDAY, 4 October

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We are holding the 5th Annual Meeting on Child Protection in Humanitarian Action over a virtual platform starting on Monday, 4th to 8h of October 2021. This year's meeting will include 5 half-days of interactive sessions dedicated to the theme of: Preventing Harm to Children. There will also be a special session about Climate Change and Child Protection during the week. If you are attending the...

Resources

Primary Prevention Framework for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) is “the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children1 in humanitarian action.” While significant effort and improvements have been made in the sector on responding when harm has already taken place, less focus has been placed on how we can prevent harm to children before it occurs. The Primary Prevention...

Position Paper | From Theory to Practice: Towards a Framework for Primary Prevention in Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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This position paper was developed as part of the Alliance-led Prevention Initiative. The objective of the Prevention Initiative is to develop key prevention focused resources to support child protection humanitarian practitioners in their efforts to prevent harm to children before it occurs. Recognizing the strategic importance of improving evidence-based approaches to preventing child protection...

Prevention Framework: Desk Review Synthesis

Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPHA) refers to “the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children (VAC) in humanitarian action.” Over the past decades, great efforts have been made to improve the capacity of the Child Protection sector to respond when harm occurs. Less has been done on the systematic prevention of harm to children in...

Evidence Brief | Why Identifying Risk and Protective Factors is a Critical Step in Prevention Programming: Implications for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Humanitarian crises, including natural disasters, conflict, and infectious disease outbreaks threaten the health, safety and well-being of children, families, and communities. Risks to children in humanitarian settings are multiple and may include: family separation, recruitment into armed forces or groups, involvement in hazardous labor, physical or sexual abuse, psychosocial distress, injury and...

Guidance | Identifying and Ranking Risk and Protective Factors: A Brief Guide

Recognizing the strategic importance of improving evidence- based approaches to preventing child protection issues, this guidance document was developed as part of the Alliance-led Prevention Initiative to support child protection humanitarian practitioners in their prevention programming efforts. While child protection agencies operating in humanitarian contexts generally conduct systematic risk...

Guidance | Understanding Risk and Protective Factors in Humanitarian Crises: Towards a Preventive Approach to Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

Recognizing the strategic importance of improving evidence-based approaches to preventing child protection issues, this report was developed to inform the establishment of a measurement framework for prevention programming in support of the Alliance-led Prevention Initiative. While child protection agencies operating in humanitarian contexts generally conduct systematic risk assessments, these...

Media

Video | Primary Prevention Explained: Sarah's Story

Draft CPHA Prevention and Response Framework: Video overview

Webinars

Virtual Launch | Primary Prevention Framework for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action

The Prevention Initiative of the Alliance is pleased to invite you to attend the virtual launch of the Primary Prevention Framework for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. While significant effort and improvements have been made in the sector to respond after harm has already taken place, less of a focus has been placed on how to prevent harm to children before it occurs. To that end, the...