Child Protection

Conflict puts children at the bottom of the ladder. While parents often need to focus on basic survival needs, children run the risk of being neglected, denied education or abused. Communities break apart and are no longer able to provide a secure environment for children. Without support, surviving in a conflict-affected area is even harder.

We work to make sure that children and young people are better protected. Attitudes, customs and practices that harm children are discussed with parents, teachers and policy makers. For example in the Performing for Peace project that War Child implements in three countries, children write a theatre play about a problem they face. They play is performed at a community event, followed by discussion with caregivers, teachers and local leaders. 

Children learn about their rights, risks they face, and what to do when their rights are violated. Together with children, War Child advocates for the development and implementation of legislation and policies.

 

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
Child rights, as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, form the core of our programming. Together with children and young people, we address child rights violations directly to those who bear responsibility for fulfilling them. Children themselves show their parents, teachers and policy makers the importance of fulfilling child rights at the local, national and international levels.