Working Group and Community of Practice

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INSPIRE: Seven strategies for ending violence against children is a set of evidence-based strategies for countries and communities working to eliminate violence against children. Launched in 2016 by 10 agencies with a long history of using scientific approaches to understand and prevent violence against children, INSPIRE serves as a technical package for selecting, implementing and monitoring effective policies, programmes and services to prevent and respond to violence against children.

INSPIRE is an acronym, with each letter representing one of the seven strategies: I for the implementation and enforcement of laws; N for norms and values; S for safe environments; P for parent and caregiver support; I for income and economic strengthening; R for response and support services; and E for education and life skills. In addition, there are two cross-cutting activities (multisectoral action and coordination and monitoring and evaluation) that help connect and strengthen the seven strategies and monitor the extent of their implementation and impact on the problem.

The full INSPIRE package includes: a core document that reviews the evidence supporting each of the seven strategies and the approaches within them; a handbook providing detailed information on implementing the strategies and approaches; and an indicator framework with guidance on how to monitor the uptake and impact of INSPIRE. The INSPIRE package is not intended for implementation as a new programme, but rather represents a way of revitalizing, focusing, and expanding current multisectoral efforts to prevent and respond to violence against children.

The INSPIRE Implementation Working Group and the Community of Practice contributes to INSPIRE-related actions to prevent and respond to violence against children by all member organizations, including bilateral agencies and international networks, and is a key mechanism through which the Global Partnership to End Violence against Children is working to accelerate country action. The INSPIRE Working Group is co-chaired by the World Health Organization and the Care and Protection of Children (CPC) Learning Network at Columbia University who also serve on the IWG Secretariat along with the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence). 

The WG’s role is to provide leadership and strategic guidance in the implementation of INSPIRE-related interventions; harmonize the work of members to achieve collective impact; identify emerging implementation support opportunities and capacity needs, and generate, collect and share new evidence on what works to address violence against children. Members of its community of practice include representatives from UN agencies, bilateral agencies, international professional associations, National NGOs/CSOs, grassroots groups, government bodies and philanthropic foundations and academia.