Childhub INSPIRE series: Two strategies and two innovative approaches to reduce violence against children
About the webinar:
We are happy to invite you for the next session in our Childhub webinar series on INPIRE strategies! This time we will discuss two INSPIRE strategies:
- Strategy number 6 ‘Response and support’, through one of the good practices coming from Georgia – A program for street connected children implemented in this country and
- Strategy number 4 'Parent and cargiver support', showcasing a programme developed in USA for parents and caregivers to improve parenting skills and practices
Programme to support street connected children in Georgia is part of the strategy number 6, but tackles more important aspects:
1) The implementation and the enforcement of the laws - through providing expertise in task forces and working groups on a governmental level
2) Safe environment by offering daycare services and 24-hour shelters for children living and working in the streets
3) Response and support services by offering continuum of services for street connected children through mobile teams, social work and psychological support, emergency assistance;
4) Education and life skills by teaching basic literacy and numeracy and offering Peace Road Life Skills Curriculum to beneficiaries.
During this session we will focus in particular on response and support and we look forward to your comments and questions!
About the speaker:
Maya Mgeliashvili is a child Protection Policy and Advocacy Manager with over 13 years of experience in social work and development policy and practice. Experience includes managerial and advisory positions in governmental and not for profit organizations. She is currently Child Protection, Services and Advocacy Program Manager in World Vision Georgia, providing technical expertise and guidance to implement National Office and Area Program Strategies; Managing Child Protection Services for the most vulnerable Children; Representing the organization in high level advocacy meetings and events; Leading the technical program for external engagement and supervising the Campaign "It Takes a World to End Violence Against Children" within the country context.
ACT Raising Safe Kids programme relates to the strategy number 4 and is a group-based prevention programme, aiming to help parents and caregivers of children aged up to 8 years to change or improve parenting skills and practices — thereby increasing positive parent-child relationships, reducing child behavior problems, and preventing child maltreatment. The programme was developed in 2001 in three cities the United States by the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Violence Prevention Office. ACT uses an interactive, strengths- based, nonjudgmental approach, based on a psycho-educational model that combines interpersonal interaction and educational information. Begun in the United States, ACT has now has been adapted and implemented in sites in Bosnia, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, and Turkey.
About the speaker:
Dr. Mihaela Dranoff has extensive clinical and forensic experience with children and adults. Her areas of expertise are child and family psychotherapy, and forensic evaluations for family and immigration court. She has extensive experience working with children and families in the context of parent-child and family dynamics, special needs, divorce and separation, relocation and immigration issues, anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Dranoff has been qualified and served as an expert in establishing the best interest of the child in custody and parenting schedule evaluations, as well as an in asylum-related and immigration cases by the Superior Court of New Jersey, Family Court and Immigration Court. She is also employed as a clinical consultant for the Executive Board for Immigration Review (EOIR) at the Department of Justice, and as a forensic consultant for the Lamb&Maddux Group, LLC. She is a Master Coordinator for the ACT Raising Safe Children (ACT-RSK) program developed by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Dranoff provides parent-training workshops for local schools and agencies several times a year. She also presents regularly at local and national professional conferences on topics related to child psychology, child advocacy, forensic evaluations, and immigrant mental health.
About the INSPIRE series:
In January and February ChildHub features the INSPIRE package: The INSPIRE package represents an evidence-based approach to revitalizing, focusing, and expanding current multisectoral efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children. It was developed in collaboration with the WHO, CDC, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, PEPFAR, PAHO, UNICEF, UNODC, USAID, Together for Girls, and the World Bank. The package is based on convergence between these agencies and partnerships in the strategies they have been recommending, and presents the best available evidence.
The seven strategies are:
1) implementation and enforcement of laws
2) norms and values
3) safe environments
4) parent and caregiver support
5) income and economic strengthening
6) response and support services, and
7) education and life skills.
These seven evidence-based strategies are complemented by two cross-cutting ones: multi-sectoral coordination, and monitoring & evaluation. The core INSPIRE document is now complemented by a detailed INSPIRE Implementation handbook setting out how to select and implement interventions from each of the seven strategies, and a compendium of Indicators by which to measure their impact and uptake.
Here you can read all of the materials of INSPIRE.