Legislation and law enforcement to cope with the rising incidence of child abuse and domestic violence require strengthening throughout the Pacific. While all independent country governments in the Pacific have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and most have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, few countries have begun aligning policies and laws to Convention articles.
Working in partnership with the Ministries of Women, Youth and Children’s Affairs, Ministries of Social Welfare and Justice, Civil Registry Departments, Judiciaries, Police and NGOs/INGOs (such as ILO, UNFPA, Save the Children Fiji and Save the Children Australia), the Child Protection Programme strives to build a protective environment for children free from violence, abuse and exploitation.
The programme aims to achieve this by:
Ensuring that children are increasingly protected by legislation and are better served by justice systems that protect them as victims, offenders and witnesses,
Ensuring that children are better served by well-informed and coordinated child protection social services thatensure greater protection against and response to violence, abuse and exploitation; and
Supporting families and communities in establishing home and community environments for children that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation.