International Child Protection Network of Canada

The ICPNC brings together leading practitioners in child protection to enhance Canadian
organizations’ capacity to ensure results-oriented, innovative and effective child protection programming.

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About Us

The International Child Protection Network of Canada (ICPNC) is a community of practice established in 2013 as a result of international child-centered organizations and individuals coming together based on a shared interest and commitment to increasing the effectiveness of Child Protection programming. Our members are representatives of international child-centered development and humanitarian organizations, academics, and policy-makers who join forces based on a shared interest and commitment to increasing the effectiveness of global Child Protection policy and programming. We are committed to making a tangible difference in the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children, and believe Canada can play a leading role in ensuring children’s rights are protected and fulfilled.

Our Core Objectives

Child Protection

Strengthen evidence-informed Child Protection programming among Canadian International development and humanitarian NGOs, with an emphasis on rights-based approaches, safe participation, and accountability to children.

Engage Stakeholders

Engage Canadian and international stakeholders – including the Government of Canada,
coalitions, the public, and other key stakeholders – to increase their awareness, prioritization, and action on Child Protection issues.

Improve Policies

Improve Child Safeguarding and Protection policies and procedures among Canadian International development and humanitarian NGOs.

What we Do

The network brings a spirit of collaboration, skills building, and knowledge-sharing. ICPNC members create online and offline spaces for rich dialogues, collaborate on
position/policy papers, and work together to advance the global child protection agenda. Members are guided by the Steering Group which provides strategic direction to the entire network and highlights critical opportunities to leverage experience and make impact on a wide- range of child protection issues.

The ICPNC has four areas of focus:

- Policy Engagement
- Child Safeguarding
- Children’s Participation
- Monitoring and Evaluation

What We Believe In

Child protection remains a central challenge for the attainment of children’s rights on a global scale. Girls and boys in every country, culture, and social level face forms of violence, such as abuse (sexual, physical, emotional, neglect and exploitation). Vulnerable children in humanitarian settings face particular safety challenges. Some of the most severe of children’s rights violations include trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices (i.e. early child marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting), and recruitment into armed forces and groups.
As such, the ICPNC is firmly grounded in both international and national commitments to child protection, specifically the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and Canada’s Feminist International Assistance policy.

Child Safeguarding and Protection