Child Protection

 

Children of the Community Health Committee of Assiate, district of Mopeia, province of Zambezia. Photo: Z. Isac Mundiara, Save the Children / 2014

We work to prevent violence from happening and respond efficiently by: strengthening families and caregivers, implementing laws and policies, work with governments and other partners to develop strong child protection systems, changing attitudes and social norms, listening to and involving children, building the social work workforce and providing services for children. 

The Child Protection sector has been challenged to implement a pluralistic and integrated set of activities, ranging from bringing the communities to pay a tribute to their own children through their effective engagement in Child Protection Community Committees (CPCC), making inclusive education happen by supporting the government in rewriting the future of children with disabilities, fertilizing the mind-sets of tobacco growers to achieve better results by protecting their children, moving alongside with children on the move by setting-up reference systems and bringing both the judiciary authorities from Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe into a much stronger commitment to combat impunity of child traffickers. 

Our work on Child Protection in Emergencies has been applauded for transforming the theory behind Child Friendly Spaces into tangible actions, and by tackling its multifaceted challenges in a wider approach, such as the training of teachers and community volunteers on protection as a strategy to impact locally competencies that is knowledge and skills, and also as a platform to ensure sustainability and scale. Finally, we have fuelled municipal legal frameworks with views and aspirations of children for sustainable municipal actions in child welfare.