A system's building approach
Over the past few years, UNICEF has started moving towards a systems approach to child protection. While efforts focused on individual issues, such as child labour or child trafficking, have produced substantial benefits, the approach has often resulted in fragmented child protection responses and failure to address underlying structural issues.
What is a child protection system?
A child protection system is 'a set of laws, policies, regulations, services and capacities needed across all sectors – especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice – to support prevention and response to protection-related risks' (UNICEF Child Protection Strategy, 2008).