Child Protection

Child Protection and Adolescent Development


Child Protection and Adolescent Development

Protecting children from violence is a core pillar of the UNICEF Iraq office, and child protection is central to all programme interventions. To achieve these outcomes, UNICEF supports the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and human rights and justice institutions to develop child protection legislation and systems that protect Iraqi children’s rights, and to ensure child protection in emergency preparedness, planning and response. 

UNICEF works to monitor grave violations of child rights in conflict, to improve service delivery for children who have survived violence, including gender based violence, to provide psycho social support and specialized child protection services for traumatized children, and to address the needs of children within the justice system.

UNICEF promotes adolescent access to gender-sensitive and culturally acceptable safe spaces, and networking and learning opportunities, allowing them to engage in meaningful civic activities and learning opportunities.

2016 activities and results
UNICEF-supported child protection interventions reached 138,881 newly-registered children (66,265 girls) with psychosocial support services, representing a 69 per cent contribution to the overall children reached by all child protection actors.

A total of 14,377 (5,951 girls) accessed specialized services, including 2,071 cases of children identified as Unaccompanied or Separated (528 girls) who were provided with documentation, family tracing, reunification, or alternative care services. In 2016, 12,799 women and girls accessed gender based violence services through UNICEF partnerships.

Children identified as the most vulnerable have been provided sustained specialized services including individual counselling, health, and legal services among others, resulting in observable positive behavioural changes as reported by child protection partners.

UNICEF continues to engage with authorities on treatment of children in detention including those detained during military operations.
Information as of December 2016.



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