UNICEF collaborates with the government at all levels to protect children from all forms of abuse (emotional, physical and sexual), exploitation and violence. This is essential for protecting their rights to survival, growth and development. Such programmes target children, who are either subjected to or are particularly vulnerable to risk of these abuses. Key concerns are:
• Children subject to all forms of abuse and violence;
• Children without parental care and those placed in institutions;
• Justice for children;
• Child labour.
To address critical issues concerning child protection, UNICEF is pursuing a two-fold strategy: continuous advocacy for the development of policies and legislation to protect children; building the capacity of professionals in the country to create a protective environment for children.