BwB presented their third and last shared learning panel, Resilience: from Research to Practice, on Wednesday 28 March 2018. 16 practitioners and researchers participated at the webinar, they had the opportunity to learn about the latest lessons and challenges experienced by Resilience Champions during the learning and innovation cycle 3, and also, to further discuss resilience in street-connected children. Please find the webinar recording here, in case you missed it.
Shared Learning Panel 3 – Summary
The webinar started with a short summary about the BwB project by Caroline Ford, CSC, CEO. In her presentation she highlighted the work we have been doing so far when developing and refining localised resilience-based approaches to working with street-connected children who are exposed to sexual abuse and sexual exploitation, specifically, exploring what resilience means in practice. Caroline emphasised that this process is not always tidy and neat, on the contrary, it is challenging and messy but always allows plenty of learning opportunities throughout the process.
Next, Dr Ruth Edmonds, BwB Project Facilitator, briefly explained our learning and innovation approach which is based on developmental evaluation and ethnography ideas on local-knowledge, process-based evaluation and participatory approaches. Also, she presented the learning and innovation cycles that Resilience Champions go through in order to develop and evolve their programmes to better respond to local contexts and promote resilience and increase well-being in street-connected children.
Following, Dr Edmonds, presented main emerging learning from the third learning and innovation cycle, among these:
- Opportunities for staff to share their own stories is important for addressing their own experiences and feelings in relation to working with children in difficult situations.
JUCONI Ecuador reflected on the need of addressing staff needs in order to build resilience among the children they work with. When they supported staff in specific ways they saw better outcomes while building the resilience in children.
- It is better to support the family and the community so they can become the support network for children, rather than our organisations.
It is important to recognise that organisations are not always the centre of children’s lives and that is also required to identify the role that formal/informal actors play in supporting children. Moreover, it is key to reflect on the role of families and communities might play in building the resilience of street-connected children and the impact that the lack of resilience at these levels has on children’s individual resilience.
- A positive approach is the first step that begins the process of helping to build a child’s resilience.
Creating and positive environment seems the first step required to build the type of trusting and constant relationships that enable children to open up and share their fears and worst experiences.
Next, Krishna, the Resilience Champion from CWISH, presented main challenges and lessons when refining their approaches to working with Child Domestic Workers (CDWs) in Nepal.
Specifically, Krishna explained that CWISH has been using an indirect approach through teachers to work with employers, this in order to develop a positive relationship between employers and the organisation. Also, working with teachers has been a really good strategy for creating a positive and trusting environment which seems to be key for CDWs to share their life experiences.
The shared learning panel 3 finalised with a discussion in which participants had the opportunity to exchange knowledge and ideas, among these:
- Approaching resilience emphasizing on emotional aspects is key, but also, exploring it from a social and economic perspective might be worthy. For instance, initiatives focused on strengthening child protection systems to reflect a child right’s approach might help street-connected children to feel more protected.
- Working with different stakeholders at community level is fundamental to enable children to develop resilience, the challenge sometimes for organisations is to be able to identify key stakeholders that might support children as these are not always visible, thus it is required to deepen our knowledge on street dynamics in particular contexts.
Webinar Recording and Presentation
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