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Systems Approach for Ensuring Online Safety and Empowerment of Children and Young People (SAFE Online)

CTR Reference No.

EIDHR/2021/428-232

Title of the project

Systems Approach for Ensuring Online Safety and Empowerment of Children and Young People (SAFE Online)

Implementing organisations

Stichting Plan International Nederland (lead applicant), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development Foundation, Inc.’ (PLCPD: co-applicant), Plan International Philippines (affiliated entity)

Project Location/s

‘Manila’ and ‘Bacoor’ (in Cavite), and ‘Macarthur’ and ‘Mayorga’ (in Leyte), and at national level, The Philippines

Operational Duration

(start date – end date of activities)

36 months (15 January 2022 – 14 January 2025)

Allocated budget

(EU contribution only)

500,000 Euro EU contribution

Overall and Specific objectives (simplified – for publication)

The Overall Objective is to contribute to the empowerment and protection of children and young people against Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) and online violence.

Specific Objective 1: strengthening the capacity of children and young people to protect themselves and their peers and take collective action to influence policies and programs against OSEC and online violence.

Specific Objective 2: To improve the protective environment for children and young people at risk/ and victims of OSEC and online violence, by strengthening and influencing child protection system actors (including children, parents, communities and the government) and the private sector to uphold strong protective measures.

Main target groups

  • Children and young people (17 years old and below), with special attention to the most marginalized
  • Child- and youth (led) organizations/ major child and youth networks
  • CSOs and a CSO network
  • Community-based child protection system actors, including parents, school managers, teachers, the Barangay Councils for the Protection of Children (BCPCs) and community members
  • Local Government Units (LGUs)
  • Private sector partners, including ICT and media firms, internet cafés and Pisonet operators
  • National Government Agencies

Main activities (simplified – for publication)

  • Establish linkages and build the capacities of CSOs and children’s rights organizations on the facilitation of child- and youth engagement in combatting OSEC and online violence
  • Develop the capacity of children and young people on empowerment and online/ offline protection risks and mechanisms with the support of CSOs/ children’s organisations
  • Support children- and youth groups/ organizations to develop their agenda, communications and advocacy plan, information and education campaign materials, and child/youth-led public awareness campaigns on eliminating OSEC and online violence
  • Facilitate joint activities with children, young people and youth to engage with decision- and policymakers to strengthen government’s policies and programs addressing OSEC and online violence
  • Engage CSOs, a CSO’s network and the media to influence policymakers and other key government officials to enact and implement the anti-Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC) law
  • Conduct annual press briefings and relevant media events and issue press statements to increase public awareness in support of prevention and proper response to OSEC and online violence
  • Train local business operators and ICT companies on child online protection, cyber-safety and relevant legislation
  • Use collaborative platforms to engage with ICT- and media companies to advocate against OSEC/ online violence
  • Provide training and mentoring support to small business operators of local Internet cafés and Pisonet shops on the development of their respective internal code of conducts on cyber-safety
  • Organize dialogues and events with the private sector to discuss accountability measures
  • Build the capacity of child protection system actors in developing/ strengthening community-based age- and gender sensitive child protection reporting, monitoring and response mechanisms to OSEC and violence
  • Strengthen the use of existing alert platforms to improve reporting mechanisms for OSEC and online violence
  • Educate child protection system actors, including parents and caregivers, in online risks and protection mechanisms, and strengthen their capacities as guardians for the safety of their children
  • Provide training and mentoring support to  schools in setting-up/ strengthening age- and gender-sensitive child protection mechanisms
  • Organize policy dialogues with government stakeholders, children/ youth-groups and organizations, ICT- and media companies, schools and CSOs to advance legislation against OSEC and online violence

Sustainability of the Project

  • The Action promotes an institutional sustainable impact by championing a systems approach, to ensure strengthening (existing) formal and informal child protection systems and mechanisms. The Action promotes both horizontal, multi sectoral coordination, ensuring complementarity, efficiencies and integration with other social service systems (healthcare, legal, law enforcement, education etc.) and vertical coordination, linking formal child protection systems to community-based child protection mechanisms, which in so many contexts prove to be crucial systems to engage with when working towards the better protection of children in the long run.
  • The program focuses on capacity-building to further build (institutional) sustainability through equipping children, young people and youth, parents and community members, child protection system actors with the knowledge, skills and networks to uphold the demand for high quality, gender responsive long-term services, and the enactment of the anti-OSAEC Act. Capacity building aims to facilitate local ownership over results and enables the action to continue beyond the project’s lifespan.
  • The Action strives for structural sustained impact, through the promoted passage and enactment of the new comprehensive law on OSAEC and online violence.
  • In support of financial sustainability, The Action investments towards strengthening child protection system actors and promoting the passage of a responsive and comprehensive OSEC Law, which is expected to lead to regular financial investments in the fight against OSEC and online violence.
  • Project activities will be monitored to ensure that they are having no detrimental impacts on the environment.

Target SDGs

The following main SDGs are targeted:

SDG3 in support of “good health and wellbeing” by:

  • Strengthen children and young people to protect themselves and their peers and to take collective action against OSEC and online violence.
  • Promoting the improvement of a protective environment for children and young people with the active collaboration of parents, community leaders, duty bearers, CSOs and private sector actors to take measures against OSEC and online violence

 

SDG 5 “Gender Equality” through our inclusion and gender transformative approach that aims to address the specific constraints of girls, boys and vulnerable groups, while advancing their position and value in society. Special focus will be directed to support girls and young females to actively participate and to make informed choices and decisions to protect themselves, create awareness and to influence duty bearers.

 

The used multi-stakeholder approach to fight against OSEC and online violence also contributes towards SDG17 “Partnerships for the Goals”.

Link to more information on the project (website/Facebook page/etc)

Will be made available later.