Report on the Integrated Child Protection Network of Suriname
The Government of Suriname cannot adequately protect children without the active participation of civil society including friends, neighbors, religious organizations, businesses and other social groupings and places that people come together.
It is an internationally recognized best practice for government agencies and civil society to coordinate their efforts to protect children. This is because when children face situations of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation there are nearly always multiple sources of support required for the wellbeing of children. For example, this support ranges from mental and physical health, to having supportive care givers in families or in shelters, to legal assistance.
The Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Response (2014) is the most comprehensive best practice resource produced by the world’s leading child protection agencies and networks. The very first standard in its first of 26 categories of standards says, “Relevant and responsible authorities, humanitarian agencies and civil society organization and representatives of affected populations coordinate their child protection efforts to ensure full, efficient and timely response.”
The response, first and foremost, must ensure a child is protected in an emergency situation. Very importantly, a responsible society needs to continuously work together in reducing the need for emergency responses by lowering the risks and vulnerabilities that cause emergencies and other protection problems faced by children in Suriname.