The Child Protection Programme 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 programme 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 programme 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 organisations and child-to-child support.
Promoting diversion from inappropriate or punitive responses and encouraging the reintegration of children who have been stigmatised 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.