Building community networks
Community capacity building is the basis for developing community-based systems to protect children from violence, abuse and exploitation; and child protection networks (CPNs) at a community level continue to be the entry point for UNICEF Madagascar’s child protection interventions.These networks help to ensure that local communities are engaged in child protection work – both in identifying vulnerable children and in intervention. Today there are 450 CPNs in 55 districts across Madagascar, receiving support to provide adequate care and support for children.
Through these community networks public, non-governmental, social, and judicial and police actors play a role in monitoring and reporting child rights violations. They are responsible for raising awareness, signaling cases of abuse, and accompanying and referring survivors of exploitation to the proper authorities.
The community networks also keep a log of cases filed to enable them to keep track of vulnerable children's access to protection services.In addition, at a community level, UNICEF is working to reduce the systematic placement of children in care centres, instead promoting family preservation and community-based care alternatives.