Child protection

UNICEF works with a wide range of partners to ensure every child is afforded full protection of his or her rights, focusing on the most vulnerable and at-risk children and families.

Boy with disability smiling with his friends at a sports event
UNICEF Serbia/2017

Challenge

Child safety through protection and inclusion

UNICEF focuses on strengthening the social welfare system to reach the most deprived children and their families in a timely fashion, and to provide targeted and combined support to the most disadvantaged groups, in the form of services and cash benefits. 

Roma family talking with Roma health mediator

Strengthening vulnerable families  

Our activities focus on supporting vulnerable families so they can stay together, and on establishing and providing access to services to support them.

Girl suffering violence at home sits in the dark crying

Violence against children

To prevent violence against children, UNICEF works on strengthening cooperation among various sectors dealing with children – from healthcare to justice and law enforcement.

Teenage girl in justice system talking to women who helps her with rehabilitation

Justice for children

We work to ensure that the justice system works in the best interest of the child, focusing on all children, including children from vulnerable and dysfunctional families.

Solution

We focus on strengthening the social welfare system to reach the most deprived children and their families in a timely fashion, and to provide targeted and integrated support to the most disadvantaged groups, through cash benefits and services.

We help families and communities to prevent violence.

Brothers with disability playing in their home

The rights of children with disabilities

A well-functioning social protection system helps to remove barriers that prevent the realisation of the rights of children and families.

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Selma and Enver play with their younger sister Selima.

Helping families

Through workshops and education, Roma communities are informed about their rights and administrative procedures.

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Bojana Brkic, the family outreach worker, has struck up a rapport with the family – especially its youngest members, David and Aleksandra.

Keeping families together

Every child has the right to live in a family environment. Prevention and early intervention are the keys to success in keeping families together.

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