Action for the Rights of Children – new capacity building resources

ARC is a very comprehensive training resource pack (which comes on a CD or can be downloaded)

From the ARC website:

The ARC resource pack provides an essential collection of information and training material to strengthen people’s capacity:

  • to tackle the root causes of children’s vulnerabilities
  • to build effective child protection systems for use in emergencies and long-term development
  • to ensure that no activities inadvertently compromise children’s rights or safety.

The pack comprises 14 modules in two groups:

» Foundation modules
» Critical issue modules

In each case, the study material is the main text of the module.

These are the Foundation Modules:

and these the Critical Issue modules

All modules include:

  • study material giving detailed information on the module’s subject and a list of further reading
  • slides giving a summary of the study material
  • training material for participatory workshops that comprises
    exercises giving practical guidance for facilitators and handouts for participants.

They all include the same sequence of five topics, reflecting the ARC programme cycle.

Topic 1 The issue for children
Topic 2 The law and child rights
Topic 3 Assessment and situation analysis
Topic 4 Planning and implementation
Topic 5 Monitoring, evaluation and learning

ARC programme Cycle

Who are these resources aimed at?

Although the pack has been developed mainly for humanitarian workers with responsibility for designing interventions, building capacity or raising awareness about child protection in emergencies, the intended range of users is far broader than this.

Primary users build the capacity of others using the pack, and include:

  • Managers with responsibilities for planning and resource management wanting to improve programming for children. This could be managers with overall programme responsibility (eg. at country or district level) or thematic or sectoral responsibility.
  • Facilitators with responsibilities for developing and delivering training and supporting capacity-building initiatives such as staff briefings. Recommended for this would be facilitators with first-hand experience of emergencies and competency to be able to advise managers how to make best use of the pack.
  • People with responsibilities for child protection or child rights capacity building and training This could be people acting as focal points in local or international organisations, or government, police or military institutions, or the community.
  • Coordinators and members of child protection clusters with responsibilities for building cluster members’ capacity to address child protection issues in emergencies, and provide interagency training opportunities.
  • ARC champions able to promote the ARC resource pack and its continued development, and the use of rights-based approaches. This could be people working on child protection in emergencies who keep an oversight of relevant materials.

Secondary users may be briefed or trained using the pack, and include:

  • Staff of humanitarian and other agencies, including community-based organisationsThis could be people with responsibilities for service delivery, support to government staff, community mobilisation and direct or indirect work with children.
  • Staff of government organisations These could be duty bearers in relation to the realisation and protection of particular child rights. The pack has been used to train a wide range of participants, including peacekeepers, military personnel, police, border guards and judiciary and it has been used to mobilise community committees for children.

Indirect users of the pack include:

Rights holders This could include children, their parents or community members. Although the resource pack has not been designed to be used directly by children, parents or community members, much of the pack’s content can be adapted by other users (eg. ARC facilitators or champions) for local use.

This pack has evolved over several years, and continuously updated and some of the organisations involved in its development inlcude:

With support from :


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