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.