Violence against children is a pervasive global issue. It often goes unreported, and even when reported, many countries lack child-friendly mechanisms to adequately address such cases. Reporting mechanisms are a key component of a fully functional child protection system and must be able to be accessed by all children and have responses to reporting that are child-friendly, appropriate and undertaken quickly. To respond to the challenge of developing child-friendly reporting mechanisms, the Plan International Asia Regional Office conceptualised a toolkit that could educate child protection practitioners and children on the importance of and procedures for developing effective child-friendly reporting mechanisms.
Plan International Asia approached QUO to help realise this project, aiming to create something that would be more participatory and engaging than a stand-alone report. After close collaboration between Plan International Asia and QUO, Speak Out – Be Protected emerged as a toolkit that contains a development framework for practitioners, a guide to reporting for children and a three-dimensional model to explore the elements that help define a child-friendly reporting mechanism. The toolkit is illustrated with a cast of children and animals to lead users through the material.
QUO is particularly proud of the tree model, a motif selected for symbolising protection and shelter in many cultures. Within the toolkit package, the tree parts are in perforated sheets that have the roots, trunk, branches and leaves as the building blocks. The tree is built up from the roots, which note different types of violence; to the trunk with the “no, go, tell” message and the necessary dimensions of a child-friendly reporting mechanism. The branches contain the categories of people and places that children report to, while the leaves are left blank to be filled in with the contact information that fits the specific context of where the tree is being constructed. The hope is that in constructing the tree model, practitioners can guide children through the important aspects of their right to protection and of the reporting process.
Digital versions of the practitioners’ and children’s guides are available for download from the Civil Society Asia website.
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