Every child has the right to live free from violence, exploitation and abuse.
Children worldwide are victims of various forms of violence, exploitation, and abuse, often perpetrated by trusted individuals in places where they should be safest: at home, school, and their communities. The violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.
Children in humanitarian situations are especially vulnerable, facing risks such as forced displacement, separation from family, exploitation, and abuse. They may be recruited by armed groups or subjected to gender-based violence. Harmful cultural practices, like child marriage and female genital mutilation, pose additional risks.
Every child has the right to protection from violence. Child protection systems connect children to essential social services and justice systems from birth, catering to the most vulnerable, including victims of child labor, trafficking, and those living with disabilities.
Stop Child Abuse operates in over 3 countries, working with governments, businesses, civil society organizations, and communities to prevent violence against children and support survivors. They strengthen child protection systems and help children access essential social services.
In humanitarian crises, they provide leadership and coordination. Their programs focus on protecting children from explosive weapons, reuniting separated children with families, reintegrating children associated with armed groups, combating gender-based violence, and protecting children from sexual exploitation and abuse.
They work with partners to monitor and report serious violations of children’s rights in armed conflict, and work with communities to eliminate harmful practices. They also collaborate with governments to improve policy, legislative, and regulatory frameworks to increase children’s access to social services and justice. They ensure to listen to young people to guide their work.