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ICDP Approach to Awareness-Raising About Children's Rights and Preventing Violence, Child Abuse, and Neglect

NCJ Number
Child Abuse & Neglect Volume: 35 Issue: 12 Dated: December 2011 Pages: 1053-1062
Karsten Hundeide; Nicoletta Armstrong
Date Published
December 2011
10 pages
This article highlights the International Child Development Program as a way to raise awareness about children's rights and the efforts to prevent violence against children, and child abuse and neglect.
The International Child Development Program (ICDP) is a community oriented program aimed at providing support for caregivers, parents, and children in preventing violence against children and reducing the incidences of child abuse and neglect. The ICDP is intended to help countries implement provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The ICDP is built around eight criteria for developing positive interactions between caregivers/parents and children. This article examines the most important components of the ICDP: 1) the caregiver's conception of the child (the child as a person); 2) the three dialogues and eight themes on positive interaction; 3) the seven principles for sensitization; 4) the principles for implementation; and 5) applications for different target groups. The ICDP has been structured in such a way that it can be put into practice in any community in order to create positive conditions for the fulfillment of the UNCRC: the right of children to be protected from violence and to live in a loving and peaceful environment that provides the necessary guidance required to ensure health human development. Figures, tables, and references