Child Protection

Child protection

UNICEF in action



UNICEF in action

UNICEF Rwanda/2014/Muellenmeister
© UNICEF Rwanda/2014/Muellenmeister

The overall objective of UNICEF Rwanda’s Child Protection programme is to support the Government of Rwanda to build and maintain a robust protection system that safeguards children from violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect, and that mitigates major risks to children in both regular and emergency settings.

The programme reinforces the idea that family is central to the development, care and protection of children, while giving priority to the following four pillars:

  1. Building and supporting strong coordination mechanisms among child protection partners at both the national and subnational levels to ensure results for children throughout Rwanda.
  2. Ensuring that quality, decentralized, multisectoral child protection services are available across the country.
  3. Strengthening the capacities of child protection service providers at all levels, including in the health, education and justice sectors.
  4. Supporting the Government of Rwanda’s capacity to generate and use child protection data to formulate policies and translate those policies into action. 

Expected results

UNICEF’s strategy for 2013–2018 focuses on protecting children by further developing an evidence-based child protection system and by providing continuing support to the development of the critical human and institutional capacities needed to sustain that system.

The overall result for UNICEF Rwanda’s Child Protection programme has been to ensure access to quality services in a protective environment that reaches the most vulnerable children, including children with disabilities, children without appropriate parental care, children affected by HIV, children who suffer violence, children who are victims of natural disaster or armed conflict, children who are victims of gender-based violence and children who have been exploited by the worst forms of child labour. 





Violence Against Children and Youth Survey in Rwanda - Findings from a National Survey, 2015-2016



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