25 May 2023

Prevention and response to violence against children

The Child Protection Joint Initiatives in Health Region 8 were implemented by the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and UNICEF Thailand from March 2018 to December 2022. This evaluation report, conducted between November 2022 and January 2023, examined these initiatives using the OECD-DAC evaluation criteria to assess the project design's relevance, appropriateness, and effectiveness and to understand how the project's inputs, activities, and outputs contributed to achieving the desired results. This initiative aimed to test innovative models for preventative and responsive child protection services. The evaluation had three specific objectives: to assess the relevance, coherence, effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the model/s applied in the pilot region; to engage with the MoPH team in analysing the strengths and weaknesses of the initiatives, to build on positive findings, enhance the child-centered approach, and carry out course corrections if required; and to provide actionable recommendations for MoPH and UNICEF to feed the mid-term review of the UNICFE Country Programme. The report showed that the Joint Pilot Initiatives were designed to respond to violence against children in Thailand, but there was no robust results framework that articulated expected results and the causal pathway that led to those results. Child Shield was created with innovative use of routine HIS data to improve MoPH's decision-making. The CP Joint Initiatives were coherent and had synergies with complementary interventions in the sector. The initiatives responded to the persistent and harmful context of violence against children in Thailand, operating within government systems and utilising government infrastructure and resources. However, the CP Joint Initiatives developed in a fragmentary way, with ad hoc parallel structures. In conclusion, the evaluation report provided UNICEF with actionable recommendations to consider over the next two years. Children, families, and communities, as well as health professionals, social workers, UNICEF, and the Thai government, would all benefit from the evaluation.