Child protection


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Planned results


Planned results

Child protection in South Sudan
© UNICEF South Sudan/2011/Ohanesian
Sunday Data, 1, waits outside of Kaya Primary Health Care Center in Kaya, Central Equatoria State.

Over the period 2012–13, UNICEF aims to build on the achievements of the previous years to continue strengthening child protection policy and legislative framework and programmes in South Sudan.

The overall programme result for the UNICEF Child Protection Programme is to ensure that children and adolescents, particularly those affected by conflict and emergencies, have access to quality child welfare services in a strengthened protective environment.

To achieve this result, special efforts will be made to support the government in the following:

  •  Development of a policy framework and system for civil registration with a focus on birth registration.
  • Continued implementation of the 2008 Child Act to promote the legal and social protection for children and young people.
  •  Strengthening child-sensitive justice systems for the protection of boys, girls and young people who come into contact with the law.
  • Development of child protection systems for more a comprehensive prevention and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of children.
  •  More than 350,000 boys, girls and young people affected by landmines, HIV/AIDS,early marriage, abduction, conflict and other emergencies will benefit from improved and equitable community-based reintegration assistance and child welfare services.

Essential statistics

Orphaned children 17% of children have at least one dead parent.
Birth registration Overall, the births of 35.3% of children under five are registered and 30% have a birth certificate.
Early marriage

40.1% of young women aged 15-19 are married or in a relationship.

6.9% of girls are married before their 15th birthday; 44.8% between 16 and 18 years of age.

Source: Summary finding of Sudan Health Household survey (SHHS) 2010 and multiple indicator cluster Survey



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