Purpose and Scope
CARE Australia (CA) is currently working to strengthen its safeguarding system and processes in accordance with the DFAT Minimum Standards (CP and PSHEA).
CA’s two Safeguarding priority areas are:
- System Strengthening – Focus on the development of a Safeguarding Toolkit and Guidance document that outlines how CA will work to embed safeguarding across the organisation, ensuring it becomes ‘part of our DNA’.
- Capability Strengthening – Development and delivery of safeguarding and child protection training for CARE International Country Office teams and Pacific partners.
This consultancy will focus on the development and delivery of online child safeguarding and protection training for CARE Australia’s Pacific Partnerships Unit (PPU) partners in the Pacific.
Outcome 1: Develop and deliver two interactive, engaging and complementary online child protection training sessions that are culturally contextual (including all supporting resources and materials), focused on:
1. Introduction to Child Safeguarding and Protection (beginners session);
- Key concepts and definitions related to child safety and wellbeing (including definitions of ‘child safeguarding’ and ‘child protection’);
- Protection issues / threats faced by children with disabilities in the Pacific, including reference to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, especially articles 7, 15 and 16
- The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (‘best interests’, right to safety/protection, etc.);
- Assessment of partner’s understanding of the CARE Australia (or their own) child protection policy and code of conduct, and relevant local laws/policies related to working with children;
- Emphasis on the role of organisations in safeguarding children (safe culture and supporting policy, procedures and practices), including child protection as a ‘shared responsibility’ of all team members;
- Recognising abuse – warning signs and indicators to look out for which may suggest a child is being harmed;
- Good practice in responding to concerns – what to do if a child makes a disclosure/your observe a child is being harmed in the context of the Pacific;
- Barriers to reporting – why people may not report/act on concerns in the context of the Pacific;
- Community mechanisms and reporting (FAM/CBFM and reporting) in the context of the Pacific.
2. Applying Knowledge of Child Safeguarding and Protection (advanced session);
- Understanding the potential life-long impacts of harm on children (mental and psychological health, physical health, educational achievements, etc);
- Understanding how to engage with children / family members with disabilities that impact on communication, e.g. deaf people, people with intellectual disability / communication difficulties.
- Risk and Protective Factors – The critical importance of a strengths-based approach, assessing and mitigating risks and preventing harm to children and young people;
- Responding to concerns and making reports – acting to maintain/achieve safety for the child, responding to concerns, who to talk to, what actions to take (scenarios to apply knowledge).
- Making referrals – what services and support are available in the community, provision of support to victims (age, gender and culturally appropriate) and information about referral options for children with disabilities and their families (e.g. Organisations of Persons with Disabilities – OPDs).
- Safer Programming – assess gaps and begin developing some actions to implement child safeguarding and protection knowledge moving forward (i.e., training for personnel/community members, involving children and young people in decision-making, etc.)
Outcome 2: Develop a pre and post training evaluation of the modules/workshop(s) to be completed by the participants.
Outcome 3: Develop a reflective training workshop report with recommendations for further learning activities, based on interactions and feedback from participants.
Given CARE’s specific focus on the needs of women and girls, all the sessions should be inclusive and sensitive to dynamics of age, gender, disability, and power. Sessions should focus on supporting staff to self-reflect and apply child safeguarding and protection knowledge in practical ways in the context of the Pacific.
Qualifications and Experience
- At least 5 years’ experience working in child safeguarding and protection, with an understanding of the intersections with gender, GBV and women’s rights, specifically across the Pacific Region;
- Understanding of, and preferably lived experience of, working in the Pacific Islands context.
- Understanding of, and experience and skills in adult learning and facilitation methodologies.
- Experience of online facilitation of capacity strengthening and training focused on child safeguarding and protection;
- Demonstrated experience working with national partner organisations in a respectful and equitable manner.
- Excellent grasp of current best practices in terms of child safeguarding and protection;
- Understanding of and experience in supporting disability inclusion is desirable.
Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements are requested to email below listed documents to [email protected] by 31th March 2023.
- A short expression of interest (maximum 2 pages), outlining relevant Pacific experience and suitability for consultancy
- CV, including contact details for two referees
- Expected daily rate
- A proposed agenda for the training with explanation and justification of the various topics included.
- Availability to complete the consultancy (development of content and delivery) before 29 May 2023.
The proposal should demonstrate sound knowledge, technical skills and capability as required by the nature of the assignment and understanding of the requisite tasks set forth in the scope of work.
Please refer to the attached Terms of Reference for more information.