Child Protection

Child Protection Systems

Justice for Children

Child Protection in Emergencies

Engaging with Adolescents

 

Child Protection in Emergencies

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Elderly people and children are disproportionately affected by disasters and have special needs. UNICEF focuses on the most vulnerable people to support whole-community resilience after a disaster.

UNICEF and its partners are working together to prevent and respond to violence, abuse and exploitation of girls and boys living in situations of emergencies, including conflict and natural disasters. As humanitarian access remains limited in some conflict-affected areas, UNICEF continues to invest in building the capacity of Government and Non-State Actors, local NGOs and community-based organizations to assist children and to strengthen community-based monitoring of rights violations.

UNICEF supports dedicated case managers to provide life-saving support in emergencies to child survivors and their families. Psycho-social support as well as community-based child protection mechanisms such as ‘Child Protection Groups’ have also been maintained and strengthened in emergency-affected areas. This helps scale-up prevention and ensure immediate referrals of child survivors or those at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse.

Adolescents are known to be one of the groups most likely to adopt risky behaviour and be exposed to negative coping mechanisms. UNICEF is supporting partners to implement adolescent engagement programming targeting at risk adolescents affected by emergencies. The provision of life-skills training is part of this initiative. This has been shown to build psychosocial competencies, critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving skills, and help to foster a sense of personal worth.

 

 
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