Child protection

Circles of Care

Isibindi and Safe Parks

Ending violence against children




Focus areas and critical actions

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At home

  • Social assistance from birth: linked to birth registration and case monitoring through innovative technologies, including digitised CSI for vulnerable children and families
  • Positive parenting: including promotion of the role of men in caregiving
  • Isibindi: home based visits to vulnerable children and families including access to child support grants, positive parenting programmes, positive male role models

In School

  • School Safety Framework: a diagnostic tool for schools which provides standard guidelines that help schools to develop, implement and monitor school safety plans
  • Child Friendly and Safe Schools: life skills education, psychosocial support, partnerships with parents, learners and community stakeholders
  • Sport for Development: using sport as a medium to build resilience and life skills of school children
  • Positive Behavioural Intervention and Support in schools: promoting positive discipline as an alternative to corporal punishment in schools
  • Girls and Boys Movement, and iSchool Press Teams: engaging girls and boys in advocacy and communication to change social norms and prevent violence

In Communities

  • Safe Parks: safe spaces for children to play, do homework, learn skills and receive a meal
  • Holistic and integrated case management: to ensure timely referrals between providers of health, education and social protection and rapid care for children
  • U Report, Young Reporter Network, Children’s Radio: engaging young people to report on violence in their  communities and promote change
  • Strengthening of sexual offences courts, child friendly justice and referrals to care centres for survivors of violence 





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