Child Protection and Safeguarding
We are employing different measures and actions to prevent and respond to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence affecting children below 18 years in communities. Violence against Children mainly involves child mistreatment including physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect in some cases at the hands of parents and other authorities. Boys and girls are at equal risk of physical and emotional abuse and neglect while girls are at greater risk of sexual abuse.
Children exposed to violence and other adversities are substantially more likely to smoke, misuse alcohol and drugs, and engage in high-risk sexual behavior and although health consequences of violence vary with the age and sex of the victim as well as the form of violence, generally children who experience violence face a lot of effects including increased incidences of depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide; increased risk of cardiovascular disease; and premature mortality.
Through our community and household centered projects, national and district policy campaigns, community awareness and engagements, Capacity building for leaders and gatekeepers among others, we contribute to greater safety and well-being of children in communities.