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Child Protection Systems

Around the world, Save the Children works with governments, local authorities, communities and children to establish and strengthen child protection systems that prevent and respond to violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against girls and boys in all contexts.

National and community based child protection systems provide the basic ‘infrastructure’ to address child protection issues. Community based child protection involves mobilizing key resources within communities to identify protection risks, understand and address the drivers of those risks, including harmful social norms, and engage relevant community actors in providing first line support, detection and referral when children are at risk or have been harmed.  A formal child protection system includes legislative and policy frameworks to protect children, having a skilled and qualified workforce to respond to child protection issues and having effective approaches at the community level to ensure that girls and boys are protected.

By strengthening systems, we ensure approaches are sustainable and will have a long-term impact, allowing all children to be protected, no matter what issues they face.

Photo: Christena Dowsett/Save the Children

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