Terre des hommes Romania organised a training on 11–12 April 2019 on the INSPIRE Strategies to End Violence Against Children for representatives from three General Directions of Social Work and Child Protection from Bucharest and Save the Children Romania. In total, 15 participants took part in the training.
INSPIRE encompasses seven evidence-based strategies that argue violence against children is preventable, and supporting the growing public consensus that it should no longer be tolerated. During the training participants dived into four particular strategies:
- The norms and values of a child
- Income and economic strengthening
- Safe environments
- Parent/caregiver support.
In addition to learning about the INSPIRE Handbook, participants worked in groups as well as individually, and participated in a series of interactive games. The training was an opportunity to share personal and professional experiences within the group regarding child protection issues. A discussion followed on how to strengthen the collaboration between public institutions and civil society. The discussions were in the context of the four INSPIRE strategies, exploring the underlining mechanisms that contribute to reducing violence against children, and examples of measures and good practices implemented in different countries around the world and their local adaptation.
The two trainers were Cristina Vladescu, a project manager and trainer at Tdh Romania, and Madalina Damian, a trainer, psychologist and Tdh Romania collaborator. Both trainers had participated in the Training of Trainers earlier this year organised by Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children and ChildHub in Tbilisi, Georgia. More about the Training of Trainers in Georgia is available here.
INSPIRE represents an evidence-based approach to revitalizing, focusing, and expanding current multisectoral efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children. It was developed in collaboration with the WHO, CDC, the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, PEPFAR, PAHO, UNICEF, UNODC, USAID, Together for Girls, and the World Bank. It is based on a convergence between these agencies and partnerships in the strategies they have been recommending, and presents the best available evidence.