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HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

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INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND CHILD RIGHTS

Responsible international development means working closely with governments and local communities, and using local skills and knowledge to ensure sustainability and impact.  Child protection is a specific skills-set within development which ensures a child's right to education, health, protection from harm, a family environment and participation in decisions which affect them.  Do you need help navigating the ethically complex world of international development and chiId rights?  I assist organisations in designing and implementing impactful development projects which meet the needs of local communities.   

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CARE REFORM, ALTERNATIVE CARE AND FAMILY STRENGTHENING

Eighty years of research, as well as international child rights laws, support the case for children to live in families wherever possible.  They also call for children’s homes and orphanages to be gradually phased out and replaced with family-support services.   This is known as deinstitutionalisation or care reform and is a careful and sensitive process requiring expert technical advice.  I specialise in supporting organisations and governments through this process, including how to strengthen families and communities to ensure that children can remain safely living within them.

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CHILD TRAFFICKING: PREVENTION AND RESPONSE

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM, VOLUNTEERING AND LEARNING

The Covid-19 economic downturn puts millions of children and young people at risk of trafficking and slavery. Are you concerned about the risks of trafficking for children in the communities you work with?  Do you want to strengthen the communities you support to prevent child trafficking?  Are you designing or running programmes or campaigns related to child trafficking?  I support organisations wishing to improve their prevention and response to child trafficking.  I have particular interests in orphanage trafficking, family strengthening, family reintegration and anti-trafficking campaigns, but I can help with other areas related to child trafficking too.

The tourism and volunteering sectors have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Thankfully, many travel organisations are committed to ‘building back better’ and not repeating mistakes from the past, particularly orphanage tourism and volunteering.  There is an opportunity now to redesign travel so it maximises benefits to local communities in our post-Covid world.  Do you want to explore options for more responsible engagement with children and communities? Do you need advice on how to safely and practically transition your projects to align with best practice in child protection and international development?  I support organisations to design and implement responsible projects and to manage sensitive transitions.  

SAFEGUARDING

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TRAINING, FACILITATION AND PUBLIC SPEAKING 

Do you need help designing a training course, seminar or webinar to ensure it has impact and your participants achieve their learning objectives?  Do you need a trainer or facilitator to run a workshop for you, or a speaker for an event?  Do you need help adapting to the post-Covid world of online training and webinars?  I can help you design and deliver high quality face-to-face and online training materials, courses, workshops and talks.  I also run train-the-trainer courses to help people within your organisation to improve their training and presentation skills.  

Safeguarding means taking responsibility for your personnel, operations and programmes to ensure they do not harm children or vulnerable adults.  Understanding the political and cultural contexts in which safeguarding is being implemented is critical to its success.  I support organisations to identify where their safeguarding risks may be, and to develop the policies and procedures necessary to prevent and respond to harm or abuse.  I also help organisations to increase safeguarding awareness and understanding amongst their personnel, through training and mentoring. 

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PROGRAMME STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT 

Do you need help designing or managing a development programme?  Do you need advice on how to improve a project so it is effective and has impact?  Do you need support designing an organisational or programme strategy?  I support organisations with all areas of programme strategy and management.  I specialise in child protection and anti-trafficking programmes, but I can provide support in  other areas of international development too. 

TEAM MANAGEMENT AND ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Do you need advice or support with staff or team management?  Do you need help developing and implementing organisational systems, policies and procedures?  Do you need assistance with navigating organisational growth and change management?  I support organisations with all aspects of people management and organisational development.  I can help ensure your organisation runs smoothly, effectively and is fit for purpose. 

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COMMUNICATIONS AND ADVOCACY

Do you need help designing, managing or evaluating a communications strategy or advocacy campaign?  Do you need advice in how to improve your communications and advocacy so it resonates with your target audience and is effective in spreading awareness and/or promoting behaviour change?  I support organisations with all aspects of communications and advocacy.  I specialise in child protection and anti-trafficking but I can provide support in other areas of international development too.  

OTHER AREAS OF SUPPORT

Do you need help with something else that is not listed above?  Don't hesitate to reach out to discuss your needs so I can help you find a solution.    

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"Martin is not only passionate and driven when it comes to protecting child rights, he is a fantastic big-picture visionary who could spot trends and challenges before they manifested and develop strategies to cope with an incredibly complex economic and political landscape."

Conor Grennan, Founder and President at Next Generation Nepal and Author of Little Princes: One Man's Journey to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal

 
CONTACT ME 

Based in London but happy to travel.  Please get in touch.  I'd love to hear from you.

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