What Works to Protect Children on the Move: Rapid Evidence Assessment.
Marcus, Rachel. Khan, Amina. Leon-Himmelstine, Carmen. Rivett, Jenny.
Overseas Development Institute (London, England)
International Resource Technical Report
Published: July 2020
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This report presents the findings of a rapid evidence assessment that investigated interventions that have been effective in ensuring the protection of children on the move, implementation factors that make these interventions effective or that hamper effectiveness, and kinds of social welfare and child protection systems that are linked to effective interventions. The investigation involved a comprehensive search for relevant documents, screening of studies according to key inclusion and exclusion criteria, and assessment of studies for quality and relevance over a three-month period. This led to a review of 89 studies. Findings indicate that interventions effective in ensuring the protection of children on the move included reducing violence against children and gender-based violence, improving psychosocial well-being, and strengthening care. Factors underlying successful reform of child protection systems included having a supportive policy environment, financial resources, skilled and committed staff and volunteers, ownership, coordination between different actors, working across different levels of the socio-ecological spectrum, context-sensitivity, considering children’s perspectives, and use of evidence and data. Finally, the investigation found that of the 89 studies reviewed, 40 reported that activities were linked to social welfare or child protection systems, and that this was most common in multi-component initiatives working at different levels. Evidence gaps and are noted and suggestions are made for strengthening the evidence base. Numerous references.
Child protective services; evidence based practice; children of immigrants; refugees; unaccompanied children; intervention; promising practices; predictor variables; child welfare reform; interagency collaboration;