Frequently Asked Questions - Child protection systems

There is great interest globally in developing child protection systems – and a lot of discussion and debate about how to define and conceptualise a child protection system and what should be included in it.

One way to think about child protection systems is to consider the range of procedures, laws, policies and services that work together in a holistic way to protect children and enhance their wellbeing, including both preventative services and also reactive services (ie response in the case of abuse). It is the difference between wheels, an engine, brakes and seats versus a car!

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