Child Frontiers provides clients with a range of research services, from small-scale, issue-specific qualitative studies to multi-site investigations and nation-wide mappings, assessments and prevalence studies.
We support clients to conceptualize and carry out research projects in their entirety, to study specific aspects of larger investigations and to improve or refine existing pieces of research. Child Frontiers has considerable experience training and managing national research teams to undertake complex data collection and analysis.
We work with leading experts in the field and partner with academic and research institutes to ensure that our work is of the highest quality and reflective of the latest thinking on a range of child protection issues.
Examples of research conducted by Child Frontiers include:
[UNICEF Zambia] : Qualitative study on child marriage in six districts of Zambia
Child Frontiers was awarded the 2016 Best of UNICEF Research for its qualitative study on child marriage in six districts of Zambia. The purpose of the study was to better understand the beliefs, attitudes and practices that promote and mitigate against child marriage. The research recommendations are designed to protect girls and boys through the development of policies and interventions that reflect the realities of their lives.[UNICEF State of Palestine] : Mapping and Analysis of the Child Protection System and Capacity Strengthening
Working in collaboration with the Palestinian Authority (Ministry of Social Affairs) and UNICEF, Child Frontiers mapped and analysed the child protection system, producing a series of policy-based recommendations and an action plan for reducing violence against children. Focus group discussions were conducted in both Gaza and East Jerusalem to understand the perceived impact of services for families and children in a fragile political environment. The report illustrates how these services can be better linked to wider sector initiatives, thereby reducing the vulnerability of women and children to violence.[UNICEF WCA] Review of Policies and Plans of Action
Child Frontiers analysed the factors that drive and impact initiatives to develop child protection policy and plans in 24 countries of the West and Central Africa region.
Child Frontiers helps clients to assess the results of their international and national child protection projects and programs. Doing so involves working together to develop a framework and a strategy for a systematic appraisal of the impact of an intervention and the extent to which its stated objectives have been achieved.
We provide evaluation services at different times in the lifecycle of a project or program, depending on its purpose, audience and intended use. Child Frontiers has worked with clients to conduct both formative evaluations (assessments that generate the information needed to improve a program during implementation) and summative evaluations (end-of-project assessments).
In all cases, we aim to provide data and analysis that inform strategic decisions about the relevance, effectiveness, impact, efficiency and sustainability of programs and projects.
Examples of evaluations conducted by Child Frontiers include:
[UNICEF Philippines] Child Friendly Spaces in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Child Frontiers conducted an evaluation of child friendly spaces, typically used as transitional structures for the care, protection and rehabilitation of children in emergencies. In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), UNICEF supported over 140 CFS across the affected region. The CFS were designed to support early recovery and offer long-term help to children and families. This evaluation analysed the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of UNICEF-supported CFS.[UBS Optimus Foundation]: Evaluation of child protection initiative, Russia and Belarus
Child Frontiers has been commissioned for the second time by the Optimus Foundation of the UBS banking group, to conduct an external evaluation of two projects on ways to measure and reduce child sexual abuse and neglect. UBS Optimus Foundation has been supporting the two projects (one in Russia, a resource center in Nizhniy Novgorod, and one in Belarus) for more than 5 years.[Save the Children UK]: Evaluation of child migration and poverty program, Mekong region
Child Frontiers conducted a final external evaluation of Save the Children UK's "Sustainable multi-actor solutions to migration-related child poverty in the greater Mekong sub-region" programme in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. The evaluation assessed programme effectiveness and efficiency and contributed to global learning across SC UK's child protection portfolio. The final report is featured in Save the Children International’s internal online database as an example of a high quality evaluation for future evaluators to use as a reference.
Child Frontiers provides guidance and technical support on different aspects of child and family welfare, from policy development and legal reform to programme and services strengthening.
We have experience facilitating processes for government ministries and departments to strengthen their child and family welfare systems. Through consultative processes, we work with partners to ensure welfare and protection systems are contextually appropriate and sustainable.
We provide direct technical support to governments, international and national agencies and donors to develop global, regional and local child protection strategies and programmes.
Examples of technical support provided by Child Frontiers include:
[UNICEF Tanzania] Integrated Child Policy for Zanzibar
Child Frontiers is facilitating the development of an Integrated Child Policy for Zanzibar. This policy will serve as a framework to promote effective coordination across a number of sectors broadly relating to child welfare, including child protection, education, health, nutrition, social protection and early childhood development. Dialogues with communities in three regions, as well as consultations with religious groups, CSOs, law enforcement authorities and other coalitions were conducted to understand current challenges children and families face and perspectives on childhood. The Child Policy will develop a comprehensive approach to the effective provision of services at different stages of the lifecycle of children in Zanzibar.[UNICEF Ghana]: Development of 'Child and Family Welfare Policy'
Child Frontiers supported the government of Ghana and UNICEF to develop both a child and family welfare policy and a child justice policy. The policy development process built on evidence generated through the child protection system mapping undertaken in 2010. The objective was to develop a policy appropriate for the Ghanaian context, which involved reconceptualising the approach to child and family welfare to reflect Ghanaian values and principles. This reform of child and family welfare services is complemented by the new Juvenile Justice policy, which is expected to provide a legal foundation to ensure justice for children in Ghana.[UNICEF Pacific]: Development of 'Child and Family Welfare Systems Policy', Kiribati and Solomon Islands
Child Frontiers provided technical assistance to the Governments of Kiribati and Solomon Islands to design and build national child and family welfare systems. At the core of this process was a series of national consultations with government child welfare agencies and civil society, including traditional and religious authorities, community groups and children. These consultations complemented a parallel initiative to develop the legal framework for the welfare of children and families, ensuring coherence between the law and the services provided to vulnerable children. Consultations with key stakeholders contributed to the development of a system design that is culturally appropriate, realistic in terms of resources, as well as practical and sustainable for Kiribati and the Solomon Islands in the long term.
Child Frontiers designs and facilitates introductory and advanced level training on child protection, social work practice, child and family welfare systems and child protection in emergencies.
We have experience leading participatory workshops and interactive conference sessions.
Child Frontiers’ team is skilled in developing toolkits, guides and manuals for a range of programme managers and field staff. We have created and delivered practical training programmes for national researchers, policy makers and international child protection agencies.
Examples of training and education programmes conducted by Child Frontiers include:
[UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office]: Capacity building for child protection officers
Child Frontiers collaborated with the Children's Legal Centre, Essex University (UK) to conduct a capacity building program for UNICEF child protection officers in the East Asia and Pacific region. The training was based upon the innovative toolkit developed by EAPRO in 2008. Bringing together approximately 25 officers from 12 countries, this intensive two-week course focused on theoretical and practical approaches to the design and building of child protection systems. Social workers from Child Frontiers developed and presented participatory modules on services for abused and exploited children and their families. In 2010 Child Frontiers conducted an assessment of the toolkit with all 12 countries to ascertain its practical application in UNICEF’s country initiatives.[UNICEF Sudan]: Handbook and training – Child protection for community based networks
Child Frontiers supported a process begun by UNICEF, War Child Holland, Terre des Hommes, Save the Children Sweden and World Vision to refine a handbook for practitioners working with children and families in remote and vulnerable communities ("Working with Community-based Child Protection Committees and Networks"). Given the humanitarian crisis and resulting instability in Sudan, the CPWG has focused its efforts on creating protective mechanisms in communities. Drawing from positive examples in other countries, the handbook sets out a detailed framework or curriculum for the facilitators who build the capacity of child protection committee members and civil society organizations. It sets out in simple language the rationale and principles upon which such committees are founded as well as practical guidance on implementing and monitoring them.[Terre des Hommes]: Handbook – The recovery and reintegration of trafficked children
Child Frontiers prepared a training handbook ("The Recovery and Reintegration of Trafficked Children") for frontline staff and project workers from NGOs supported by Terre des Hommes and responsible for the recovery and reintegration of trafficked children. The purpose of the handbook was to equip project workers with an understanding of the reality of the lives of trafficked children and to provide them with ideas and solutions for ensuring their recovery and rehabilitation. The handbook helps project workers to consider the emotional and physical needs of trafficked children and explains some of the challenges that will be encountered during that process. Workshops were held in Nepal and Thailand to explore these factors and to build the capacity of the project workers.