Vulnerable children speak out on the Child Protection Fund
© UNICEF 2013
Vulnerable children who have been receiving
critical child protection services under the Child Protection Fund recently attended
the second bi-annual meeting of the Working Party of Officials (National Child
Protection Committee) and shared their views on what has been working and the
areas that need improvement. Below are
some of the key messages they shared:
- Please supervise teachers so that they are
more dedicated to their work - they should come to class and should stay in
class and teach.
- Children have to take extra lessons but
most of us cannot afford them - this is not fair.
- We want all schools to make sure that
children with disabilities can move around easily and especially make sure we
can use the toilets and access all facilities at school.
- Young mothers (Children who have had babies
and are still of school going age) should get help to go back to school
including opportunities for vocational skills training (second chance
- Special consideration should be made for
children in residential care institutions especially those writing examinations
to be given an opportunity to finish their Ordinary Levels before being
reunified or removed from the homes.
- Free healthcare vouchers are not being honoured so even if social services give
us one we still cannot get treatment at the clinics
- User fees for children with disabilities, children living with HIV should be
stopped so that they can get all the therapies and treatments they need for
free. Free treatment should apply to children with chronic conditions beyond
- Wheelchairs and hearing aids should be provided for free
- Rooms for collecting Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) should not mix adults and
children – special considerations should be made for children attending
opportunistic infection clinics to have separate queues and special times
because of they will need to be served quickly and attend school after.
- Health personnel should be more sensitive when working with children and
adolescents with HIV/AIDS and not stigmatise them.
- Please remove fees for medical services such as scans and related costs for
pregnant survivors of sexual abuse.
- Most children in rural areas and those in residential care do not have birth
- Please let teachers or other community
leaders sign the documents for us to get a birth certificate if we have no
- Social Workers should be added to the list
of people who can make a recommendation to issue a birth certificate.
Cash Transfers (Social Protection)
- USD 50 every two months is not enough for a family of eleven.
- Link parents to Internal Savings and Lending (ISAL) and Income Generating
Activities (IGAs) in order for them to be self-sustaining
- There should be independent legal representation of child victims in courts.
- Social Workers and the police should make sure sexual abuse cases are dealt
- The law should be harmonized with the Constitution and children should know
what the law says.
Child Participation and Best Interest of the Child
- This kind of participation should be expanded for children in rural areas
- The WPO should create platforms to listen to children
- Decisions should always be made in our best interest.