For this reason, and because of the range and complexity of child protection issues, UNICEF advocates the development of national child protection systems or stronger child and family welfare systems, much like the education and health systems that countries established decades ago. This approach is more comprehensive than dealing with each protection issue separately. It requires collaboration from legal and regulatory systems, social welfare systems, and behaviour change systems.
By nature, a systems-building approach obliges governments to extend a wider range of services to all communities and groups, reducing disparities in the process. A systems-building approach is more effective, resource efficient and sustainable for achieving long-term positive impacts on protecting children. While governments provide leadership, this approach also requires partnerships with a broad range of actors including civil society, faith-based organizations, community leaders, social workers, teachers and law enforcement officers.