Child protection

Child protection

Legal Reforms and Institutional Strengthening Project

Child and Adolescent Participation Project

UNICEF in action


Child protection

© UNICEF Bolivia/2004
The birth register is essential for a child's legal protection

Bolivia’s legal and regulatory framework is adequate for protecting and restoring the rights of children, adolescents and women, as expressed in the Child and Adolescent Code, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights instruments. Nevertheless, institutional capacities at all levels are insufficient.

This component will contribute to consolidating a protective environment for children and adolescents by strengthening the national child protection system and its mechanisms for preventing and addressing child mistreatment, exploitation and violence.

The component will strengthen the capacities of government institutions responsible for protecting and defending child and adolescent rights within the juvenile justice system, according to international standards. It will continue to strengthen the Municipal Child Defenders offices, support the work of Community Rights Promoters, and facilitate the establishment of Municipal Child Rights Commissions and inter-institutional networks working in this field. Special emphasis will be placed on the right to identity through the consolidation of free birth registration and its adaptation to local conditions.

The component will promote the prevention of rights violations, attention to rights and restitution of rights, while enhancing the focus on vulnerable populations. It will further promote children’s rights within the different cultural perspectives in the country, and will advocate for a strengthened relationship between customary and formal legal systems, especially in relation to juvenile justice and violence. The programme will support Government authorities in emergency preparedness and response, emphasizing prevention of sexual abuse and exploitation.



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