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News & Features - July 2013

What is Child Protection?

Thursday 18th July 2013

Child ProtectionChildren are among the most vulnerable in emergency situations. Not only are their basic rights likely to be compromised, they also face a number of other risks, including becoming separated from their family, physical and mental stress and harm, abuse and recruitment into armed forces. Considering the specific experience and needs of children is therefore of prime importance in emergencies.

Child protection principles form the backbone of responding to the needs of children in these situations. The revised Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action outline 27 key principles for ensuring quality, accountable and professional support for children in emergencies.

This short video by the Child Protection Working Group provides an accessible introduction to what Child Protection means, why it is important, and how it is carried out in emergency situations.

RedR UK’s Children in Emergencies course has a strong focus on Child Protection, alongside sessions on Education in Emergencies, Nutrition in Emergencies, Children in Disaster Preparedness and Child-led Disaster Risk Reduction. These key themes combine into a class-room based but field-oriented simulation activity where participants new knowledge and skills are put to the test.

To find out more about Child Protection in Emergencies, visit the CPWG website here.

For more information about RedR UK’s Children in Emergencies course, next running from 2-6 September 2013, visit the RedR UK website here.

Photo credit:  UNHCR/N. Ng

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