Child protection means preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labour and harmful traditional practices, such as female genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage.
|Produced By: Mr. Christian Martinelli |
Children who are at risk of losing or have lost parental care are at an especially high risk of violence, exploitation and abuse – and therefore have a special need for protection.
Child protection is about protecting the human rights of the world’s most vulnerable people. The Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines the fundamental rights of children, including the right to be protected from economic exploitation and harmful work, from all forms of sexual exploitation and abuse, and from physical or mental violence, as well as ensuring that children will not be separated from their family against their will.
As a part of supporting child’s rights, SOS seeks to:
- Organize child rights orientation and training workshops for children
- Create opportunities for children’s participation in programme planning, management and evaluation
- make referrals to specialist services in case of violence
- Support a child’s caregiver
SOS also seeks to advocate for children and put mechanisms in place to do work in the following areas:
The Rights of Girls
SOS recognizes that as an organization that comes into contact with children, we have a fundamental duty of care towards them, and we acknowledge our responsibilities to keep children safe in both relief and development interventions.
SOS Children’s Villages stands for creating and maintaining a caring and protective environment for children.
SOS strongly condemns all forms of child abuse and exploitation and works to address and prevent them.
For this reason, SOS ensures that mechanisms are in place to raise awareness, aid in prevention, encourage the reporting of child exploitation, and enable an effective response.