Alexander Krueger [Director] is a child protection specialist with over a decade of professional experience in conflict and post-conflict settings, emergency situations and in middle-income countries.
Alexander has evaluated child protection programs in West Africa for ICRC, advised Oxfam on policy and governance in Afghanistan and worked with UNICEF and Save the Children as a child protection specialist in Nepal and Thailand. His specialist skills include technical advisory services, child and family welfare analysis and policy development, as well as building child protection mechanisms in emergency and post emergency contexts.
With Child Frontiers, Alexander has led the development of research methodologies and strategic approaches to strengthen child and family welfare systems in Africa and Asia, as well as embarked on a process of supporting governments in the Pacific to develop a strategic vision for building child and family welfare systems appropriate to the national context.
MA Children & Adolescents Welfare (Aust.)
Languages: Italian, English, French
Examplesssss of work Alexander has been involved in recently include:
[ UNICEF Ghana ] : Child and Family Welfare System Policy Development
[ UNICEF Togo ] : Assessment of the Child Protection System in Togo and Analysis for System Strengthening
[ UNICEF Pacific ] : Designing the Child and Family Welfare System (Kiribati and the Solomon Islands)
Guy Thompstone [Director] is a committed child protection professional with extensive international experience ranging from direct service provision to strategic planning of national child and family welfare systems.
A co-founder of Child Frontiers, Guy began his career as a child and family social worker in the United Kingdom. For the past decade, he has lived in South-East Asia working with global child protection agencies including UNICEF, Plan International and ECPAT International. Guy is especially interested in the development of effective capacity building programs for policy makers, program managers and front line workers.
Since 2008, Guy has led progressive initiatives in partnership with governments to map and analyze national child and family welfare systems. Findings generated from these studies have provided a critical evidence base for contextually appropriate legal, policy and service development.
Examples of work Guy has been involved in include:
2014 : [ UNICEF Bhutan ] : Study on Violence Against Children
2014 : [ Plan International ] : Development of Plan's Global Child Protection Strategy
2013 : [ UNICEF EAPRO and World Vision ] : Regional Mapping Review and Analysis of Child Protection Systems Mapping in the EAP Region
Gillian Mann [Head of Research and Evaluation] began her career with Save the Children in Canada, supporting its work with refugee and aboriginal children and families. Since then, she has worked for research institutes and a range of national, international and multilateral agencies on issues related to child development and children's experiences of forced migration, displacement, family separation, violence, HIV/AIDS, illness and poverty.
Gillian has more than 15 years’ experience designing, conducting and supporting large and small scale needs assessments, situation analyses, baseline studies, program evaluations, multi-country and longitudinal studies and rapid appraisals with children and adults in a broad range of contexts, including Burkina Faso, Canada, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guyana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, UK, and Zimbabwe. She has published widely for a variety of academic, professional and popular audiences. Gillian has been involved in Child Frontiers’ work supporting the design and implementation of a nation-wide baseline study on child protection for UNICEF Ghana and in the design of evaluation tools for Save the Children in Dadaab, Kenya.
PhD Social Anthropology, London School of Economics and Political Science
MSc Anthropology of Learning and Cognition, London School of Economics and Political Science
EdM International Education, Harvard University
BAH Human Geography, Queen’s University
Vimala Crispin [Head of Knowledge Management and Innovation] began her career conducting research and policy analysis on family and child welfare issues at a New York-based think tank and has specific interest in community-based research, policy development and qualitative data analysis.
With a decade of direct experience in the field of child welfare, Vimala has worked in Asia since 2002 for international NGOs, providing technical assistance, leading regional and national level research initiatives and facilitating coordination with governments and the private sector.
Examples of work Vimala has been involved in recently include:
2013/14 : [ UNICEF Lao PDR ] : Mapping and Assessment of the Child & Family Welfare System
2013 : [ UNICEF Nigeria and Hope Worldwide Nigeria ] : Mapping and Assessment of the Child & Family Welfare System in Lagos State
2012 : [ UNICEF Timor Leste ] : Child & Family Welfare System Policy Development
2012 : [ Save the Children UK ] : Evaluation of the Mekong Cross Border Programme
Trish Hiddleston Trish is a child protection specialist over 15 years experience in international child rights and child protection programming and policy with the UN and with various international NGOs.
As UNICEF’s Chief Child Protection in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2002-2005) and Regional Advisor for Child Protection in the Middle East and North Africa (2005-2009) she was closely involved in development of the UNICEF Child Protection Strategy adopted in 2008, initiating the development of a regional child protection strategy and being proactive in the early debates around the protective environment for children framework and the child protection systems approach within UNICEF.
More recently she has written on street children and child protection systems. She has just completed a review of the Child Protection Working Group’s (CPWG) draft Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Emergencies from a systems perspective and is on the Technical Review Group for the inter-agency structured learning exercise being supported by the CPWG and conducted by the Child Protection in Crisis Network/Columbia University to document emergency interventions that have sought to result or have resulted in systems strengthening.
She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics where she is carrying out research on child protection systems and emergencies.
Masters in Public Policy, Princeton University
Bachelors in Law, University of Edinburgh
Bachelor of Science, Sociology and Social Administration, University of Southampton
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Padraig Quigley is a Senior Associate of Child Frontiers. During his 16-year career, he has been involved in a broad range of activities relating to child protection, psychosocial approaches, social development, gender equality, combating HIV/Aids, emergency response and recovery programmes and governance. Padraig has worked in Eastern Europe, South East Asia and West, Central and Eastern Africa with a range of international NGOs, bilateral and UN agencies. He has extensive experience in the development of capacity building strategies and materials for different levels of child protection and social workers in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
Padraig has also has experience of working in universities in Rwanda and Ireland including the development of curricula relating to child protection, social sciences and research methodologies. Since joining Child Frontiers, Padraig has been involved in studies on family support and alternative care, child protection in emergencies, development of training materials and the development of methodologies for mapping child protection systems.
He has extensive experience working at both community and policy levels, contributing to policy development, advocacy and strategic planning. Padraig is also fully conversant with international human rights instruments and rights based approaches; different programme approaches including budget support and sector-wide approaches (SWAPS); donor harmonisation; poverty reduction strategies (PRSPs) and the Millennium Development Goals.
Masters and BA in Social Sciences - University of Dublin
Shelley Casey has over 15 years experience in child protection and child justice issues. She began her career as a prosecutor in Canada, specialising in criminal cases involving children and women. Her international protection career has included: supporting the drafting of child protection / child justice laws and policies in Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, Tanzania, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands and Kiribati; conducting national assessments and designing programmes to strengthen child justice systems in Cameroon, Tajikistan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Malaysia and the Maldives; developing child-friendly protocols and training manuals for justice sector officials in Viet Nam, Timor Leste, Vanuatu and Sierra Leone; and conducting evaluations of a range of child protection and child justice projects. Shelley also has experience in assessing and strengthening NGO child safeguarding policies and practices.
Shelley has contributed to the work of Child Frontiers since its inception, particularly in the review and analysis of legal and policy frameworks for protecting child victims and children in conflict with the law. She has supported the research design and implementation of many programs, including:
Stephanie Delaney is a skilled social worker and welfare service manager with extensive experience in direct case management, including specialist counselling and therapeutic interventions for families, assessment and best interest determination, and child protection investigations. She brings particular knowledge to the Child Frontiers team about service provision for child victims of abuse, neglect and exploitation, with a focus on response systems, care standards, case management processes and developing child protection procedures. Particular areas of interest include helping children develop their own self protection skills, resilience and the links between early childhood development and protection.
In a consultancy capacity, Stephanie has worked with a wide range of different international agencies in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East including: The British Council; ECPAT International; Terre des Hommes; UNICEF; and Plan International. Stephanie is an experienced trainer and has developed a number of toolkits and capacity building packages for social workers, fieldworkers and counsellors.
Since joining Child Frontiers, Stephanie has been involved in a number of initiatives including:
MSW and Post Graduate Dip. Social Work – University of York, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Psychotherapy & Practice
MA in Islamic Studies (underway)
Emma de Vise-Lewis has over ten years of experience in the field of child protection, with specialist understanding of issues pertaining to children involved in armed conflict, children on the move and working children in West and Central Africa. Emma has managed programmes ranging from direct service provision to national and regional strategic planning for War Child, the Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Save the Children UK and UNICEF. She has also developed strong research management and organisational skills, specifically with regard to participatory research, situational analyses and program assessments.
Since joining the Child Frontiers team in 2010, Emma has been actively involved in a range of initiatives, including:
BA Modern Languages – University of Bristol
Pia Vraalsen is an associate at Child Frontiers. She has extensive experience working in child protection in emergencies, both in natural disasters and complex emergencies. She offers first-hand knowledge of developing and managing CPiE programmes both at the local and national level, including demonstrated understanding of both the technical components and practical complexities of CPiE, while also engaging in wider policy and advocacy strategies.
Pia has significant experience working specifically with coordination mechanisms in CPiE, including within the framework of the cluster approach. Furthermore, Pia's involvement in developing and implementing capacity building and institutional learning initiatives, coupled with her practical experience gives her a solid basis for contributing to further learning development.
MSc Violence, Conflict and Development; BA Development Studies and Politics - School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London