Children in Need of Special Protection






© UNICEF Philippines/2008/Alquinto
A child protection officer is presented with cases of children maimed and killed as a result of the Mindanao conflict.

The overall goal of the Child Protection Programme by 2016 is two-fold:

1. An improved national and local level public sector institutional gender-sensitive framework in place, enabling improved access to well-coordinated child protection services for the most vulnerable in at least five disadvantaged local government units and

2. Improved and inclusive peace compact and social service delivery achieved through conflict analysis, integration of child’s rights violation information and peace initiatives in national and local plans, especially for conflict affected LGUs.

In support of the establishment of the Child Protection Information Management System, UNICEF will assist the Council for the Welfare of Children in building consensus around the proposed system among various stakeholders. It will support harmonization of various existing databases assist in capacity-building initiatives to improve local executive’s knowledge and skills in the effective use of generated information towards making informed decisions and interventions relating to child protection.

Towards promoting improved access to social services and the justice system for children and their families living in urban informal settlements and disaster-prone and conflict affected communities, UNICEF will partner with key government agencies at the national and local levels. UNICEF will also collaborate with other agencies in the UN Country Team, particularly in the monitoring and reporting of grave child rights violations.

UNICEF has signed a memorandum of understanding with UNFPA and UNHCR to address birth registration amongst displaced/conflict affected populations. It is also currently working with the Philippine Government to ensure that families and children living as informal settlers in densely populated urban centers are also included in the nationwide conditional cash transfer program.

UNICEF continues to:

• Work with child protection councils at local levels of government to provide a safe and protective environment for vulnerable children and children victims of abuse, exploitation and violence;

• Help educate families to prevent abuse, violence and exploitation, and enable children-at-risk to protect themselves through rescue, healing and recovery services;

• Support the development and strengthening of child protection networks at community, local and national levels;

• Monitor the proper implementation of laws affecting children, such as the Juvenile Justice Act, and orient the public about their implications;

• Help children-at-risk and victims of abuse and exploitation access educational opportunities, life skills training, vocational training, and HIV and AIDS prevention education, health services and psychosocial interventions; and help build the capacity of professionals working with and for these children; and

• Develop peace advocates among children in conflict areas and provide them with opportunities to express themselves.



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