What is happening?230 million children currently live with the effects of violence and armed conflict - and this number is steadily growing.
In 2021 we supported 648,477 children to regain their right to safety
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Rebuilding the necessary structures
The structures necessary to maintain the safety of children and youth often break down in times of armed conflict - leaving children and youth exposed to risks including violence, abuse and sexual exploitation.
We work to put these structures back together - partnering with communities and official bodies to safeguard the fundamental rights of children and youth and strengthen child and youth protection systems.
Children from one of our programmes in Sri Lanka
Photo: Geert Snoeijer
Family in a reception centre in Uganda
Photo: Michael Jessurun
Prevention and response
War Child’s child and youth protection programming focuses on prevention and response to abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation of children and youth whose lives are affected by conflict. Our work with individual children utilises a ‘case management’ approach to ensure children receive the appropriate and targeted support they need.
We also work with communities to help establish community-owned structures that serve to uphold the safety of children and youth.
Innovative solutions to meet child protection challenges are urgently needed. Child protection responses driven and shaped by local communities can be an effective means to meet these challenges - as community-driven actions are typically sustainable, low cost and able to reach large numbers of children.
Yet, these ‘bottom up’ approaches can take time to develop, particularly in areas where community ties are weakened. This is why War Child is developing Seeds, an adaptable child protection intervention that places communities at the very centre.