Children have an absolute right to be safe. Yet girls and boys in every country, in every culture and at every social level face forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. These violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices (including early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting) and recruitment into armed forces and groups.
Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), other human rights conventions, treaties, and national laws, governments have a legal obligation to protect children. But all adults share a responsibility to do so. Parents are primarily responsible for the upbringing and development of their children and, together with their family and community, have a key role to play in protecting them.
In May 2009, Save the Children launched the Global Child Protection Initiative to strengthen children’s right to be protected from abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence.
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RecommendedFact Sheet- Child Protection
A fact sheet looking at several aspects of child protection and the needs and priorities of vulnerable children. Children in every country, every culture and at every social level face various forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence. The abuse
RecommendedFact Sheet- Child Protection in Emergencies
Save the Children’s Child Protection Initiative (CPI) fact sheet about "Child Protection in Emergencies" looks at the the main protection dangers that children face in an emergency and how to address them. During emergencies, children run many risks. They
RecommendedFact sheet- Children without appropriate care
A Save the Children fact sheet looking at key aspects of child protection with special focus on the sub-theme "children without appropriate care", which encompasses children who are not receiving suitable, continuous and quality care, nurture and guidance
RecommendedSave the Children's Child Protection Video
The Child Protection Initiative has produced an animated video that communicates Save the Children's child protection work and the impact on children's lives as seen by children. "Violence against children is no longer tolerated" is the new Global BreakthPublication year: 2015 Publisher(s): Save the Children
The Psychological First Aid Training Manual for Child Practitioners (PFA) was developed by Save the Children Denmark for the Child Protection Initiative, to facilitate training in psychological first aid with a focus on children. It is aimed at developing
On Monday, January 23, 2017, the Alliance’s Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS) Working Group organized and led the webinar “What have we learned from the child protection response in epidemics during the Ebola crisis?” AnPublication year: 2017 Publisher(s): The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action
2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children. In this progress report for December 2016, the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children presents global progress towards the prohibitionPublication year: 2017 Publisher(s): Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children | Save the Chil ...
When Merely Existing is a Risk: Sexual and gender minorities in conflict, displacement and peacebuilding
International Alert presents an in-depth review of research conducted in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Columbia, Lebanon and Nepal on the vulnerabilities of sexual and gender minorities (SGM) in peacebuilding and post-conflict settings. Gender identify and sexu
Parents, communities and governments around the world are recognizing children’s rights to protection from physical punishment and to discipline that respects their dignity. Increasingly, parents are being advised to use “positive discipline”. But parents
Historically, the response to child labour in emergencies has been inadequate, but it is increasingly recognised as a growing issue in many emergencies, and is no longer only considered a development issue. With children’s needs addressed more holisticallPublication year: 2016 Publisher(s): Child Labour Task Force | The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action