Child Protection and Justice


What UNICEF is doing

Violence against children

Justice for children

Birth registration

Results for children


Results for children

At the launch of the Violence Against Children Report on the Mainland of Tanzania.
© UNICEF Tanzania/2011/Balenovic
At the launch of the Violence Against Children Report on the Mainland of Tanzania.

Key results for child protection by 2015

  • Scaling up of the child protection system strengthening models being demonstrated in four districts to national level to reach up to 50,000 vulnerable boys and girls across 14 districts and to provide training to the estimated 15,200 people who will make up the District, Ward and Village level Child Protection Teams across these 14 districts.
  • Supporting the development of child-specific rules, procedures and programmes to ensure the rights of children in conflict with the law are respected, to reduce the use of detention and to ensure that children in detention are protected from abuse.
  • Ensuring that up to 175 Magistrates, 12,400 police officers  and 1,641 Social Welfare Officers  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.
  • Gender and Children’s Desks established in all police stations in the 14 focus districts, staffed by trained police officers sensitive to situation of children and families affected by violence.

  • Strengthening referral pathways and services to prevent and respond to child abuse and violence across the key line Ministries and NGOs engaged in the  National Plan of Action for the Prevention and Response to Violence against Children (2011 – 2015), including responding to the estimated 300,000 children seeking support through the Child Helpline, once it is established.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of the national birth registration strategy for children under 5 to ensure access to free birth certificates for all children under five, with the aim of stepping up birth certification from 8 percent to 80 percent by 2015.
  • Ensuring that the national response to Most Vulnerable Children includes prevention and response to child abuse, violence and exploitation by providing technical support to government in the design of the new National Costed Plan of Action for MVC and supporting implementing NGOs with training and programming related to child protection across the whole country.
  • Challenging current practices that place children at risk of abuse through a comprehensive communication strategy that will reach 40 - 50 percent of the total population (rural and urban) with key messages on violence against children.
  • Building an evidence base through research and data collection to make the case for a strengthened Child Protection Information Management System that can leverage national budget allocation to child protection and track responses to vulnerable children.
  • Developing and implementing national strategies to increase up to 300 children per year’s access to justice (legal aid) and up to 200 children per year supported to be diverted from detention through community rehabilitation schemes.



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