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Child Protection

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.

Photo: Hedinn Halldorsson/Save the Children

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