We believe that all adults – caregivers, parents, and community leaders – share in the responsibility to protect all children.
Children across the world – especially those born into extreme poverty, lacking adequate parental support and/or living in orphanage care – are vulnerable to abuses of their rights and exploitation in various forms. Our extensive experience working with children at high risk of mistreatment, abandonment and exploitation, as well as with their families and communities, has lead us to make Child Protection a priority in our work. HRI promotes child protection across all programs and activities. Special program emphasis is being placed on the following to ensure the protection of children in the specific settings where HRI works:
Educating parents and caregivers about the rights of children and the meaning and significance of child protection.
Educating children about their rights and safety, while also empowering and supporting them in how best to respond to and report violations of their rights and safety.
Ensuring, through monitoring and oversight, that HRI partners are respecting child rights and implementing appropriate child protection measures within their homes and communities.
Ensuring that children we work with live in a safe environment, free from external and internal physical and emotional threats.
Providing parents and caregiverswith the tools they need to protect children in their care, even when these may require behavioral change and cultural adaptation.
The term “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/cutting and child marriage.” (UNICEF, May 2006)