What UNICEF is doing
UNICEF works with government and partners to build and strengthen child protection systems – which includes the set of laws, policies, regulations and services needed across all social sectors, - especially social welfare, education, health, and justice which provide protection services.
Such systems are key to securing and operationalizing a protective environment for children.
UNICEF has been supporting the Department of Social Welfare to develop rules and regulations under the Law of the Child Act, which are essential for the laws’ operationalization.
In Phase 1, UNICEF supported the development of regulations on adoption, foster care, children’s homes, child labour, apprenticeships, approved schools and retention homes.
In Phase II, UNICEF will support the Department to develop regulations on child protection which will formally set out how a child protection system will work at the local level and set out the minimum package of child protection services to be provided by LGAs.
The child protection regulations will deliver a legally binding set of multi-disciplinary procedures that provide standards for identifying, referring and responding to cases of child abuse, as well as the roles and responsibilities of all concerned agencies and competent officers.
UNICEF is also supporting the development of a Social Welfare Workforce Strategy for the Department of Social Welfare (DSW) in order to address the dearth of social welfare personnel which adversely impacts on the protection of children.
By 2015, UNICEF support will ensure that lawyers, judges, police, social workers and other professionals are trained and understand how to implement the Law of the Child Act and to know the factors that expose children to risk of abuse and neglect and to put in place appropriate measures for prevention and response.