In Türkiye UNICEF is focused on strengthening child protection – and promoting gender equality for all children.
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Many children and adolescents in Türkiye, particularly those belonging to the most disadvantaged groups, are vulnerable to violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Refugee and migrant children are often particularly at risk of economic exploitation, separation from their families, neglect, violence and abuse, trauma, isolation, discrimination, trafficking, child marriage and other forms of gender-based violence.
More than 4 million refugees, mostly Syrian, have arrived in Türkiye over the past decade and this has placed a heavy strain on the national child protection system.
UNICEF Türkiye, the Ministry of Family and Social Services (MoFSS), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), and other national institutions are continuing to work together to strengthen national child protection systems to support all children living in Türkiye.
The focus is on:
- strengthening child protection systems
- supporting refugee, migrant and vulnerable children in need of protection
- promoting access to justice
- strengthening the independent monitoring of child rights
- promoting gender equality.