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The Child Protection Program is a core sector of our work. We utilize a child rights programming framework and keep in mind the cross-cutting themes of child participation, non-discrimination and best interests of children.

Our child protection work focuses on three key “evidence” groups:
  • Children affected by disasters/emergencies and conflict, including Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Exploitation & child trafficking
  • Children in the worst forms of labour and children with inadequate parental care including alternatives to institutional care

Understanding good and best practices in care and protection is a major focus of our program work. This requires quality monitoring and evaluation (research & studies) in order to identify good practices in documentation and sharing of this evidence.

Some of the most important activities of our Child Protection program include:
  • Improving the understanding of the situation of vulnerable children in need of care and protection
  • Building children’s resilience and supporting their participation in their own protection, including child-led organizations and child-to-child support
  • Promoting diversion from inappropriate or punitive responses and encouraging the reintegration of children who have been stigmatized because of their coping strategies in the absence of effective protection mechanisms
  • Demonstrating the benefits of preventative approaches and early intervention over interventions at a later stage
  • Supporting the development of community-based care and protection systems
  • Support to the co-ordination and integration of services and support to vulnerable children
  • Encouraging moves away from services directed towards particular problems towards services addressed to supporting the functioning and coping strategies of children and families
  • Building the care and protection of children into broader social welfare, poverty reduction and other national development strategies
  • Building the capacity of duty bearers to deliver effective care and protection
  • Advocating for legal and policy reform in line with the principles and standards of the Child Rights for Change and other relevant international and regional instruments

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