What’s at Stake?
“It is important to encourage children to share their opinions on matters affecting them.”
Child protection refers to preventing and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children including commercial sexual exploitation, trafficking, child labor and harmful traditional practices such as Female Genital Mutilation and Child marriage.
What we’re Doing
Working with communities to protect children
Ensure communities understand and take appropriate measures to ensure children’s rights protection and promote violence –free communities.
Working with Family to protect children
Ensure family understand the causes and consequences of VAC, adopt positive parenting practice and protect their children including in emergency circumstances.
Ensure Children contribute to their own protection
working with children so they have ability to protect themselves and can advocate for and participate in child protection initiatives.
Working with government to protect children
Establishing national and district level child protection legislation, policies, structures and budget to ensure local government institutions have the ability to prevent and respond to VAC.
“The extent of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation on children is shocking, and most children are forced to drop out of school and work on very low wages to help parents get income to feed the family and sometimes fend for their needs”
CDF continues to work at a grassroots-level in the above mentioned regions and has had crucial success in this cooperative way of working with the local communities.
Some of these achievements include:
- Child Protection System established in Tarime District and the team capacitated on child protection including its related laws and policies.
- 60% (637) Girls and Women affected by Violence Reported that they have received timely response in a compassionate and non-discriminatory way
- 52 Police officers from 11 Gender and Children Desks in Tarime/Rorya and Dar es Salaam Special Police Zones increased their capacity and knowledge on handling VAWC cases.