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What Are We Learning About Protecting Children in the Community? An inter-agency review of evidence on community-based child protection mechanisms executive summary
National child protection systems include more formal, governmental mechanisms and also less formal, civil society mechanisms, such as traditional justice systems. Although this approach is widely used and supported by international agencies, there is at present a lack of robust evidence about the effectiveness, cost, scalability and sustainability of community-based child protection mechanisms. To address this evidence gap, a number of child protection agencies came together to conduct a review of the available global evidence on community-based child protection mechanisms and their impact on children’s protection and wellbeing. The review is the first part of a two-phase process and raises key questions that will be pursued in the field research that will form part of phase two.