About Child Protection

Child protection refers to preventing and responding to any form of violence, exploitation and abuse against children. The programs focused on make sure children are protected at all level through strengthening child protection structures including:

The main objective of strengthening child protection structures is to ensure that community understand the causes and consequences of VAC, and adopt positive parenting practice and protect their children.

  • Build Knowledge on child protection to Duty bearers in CDF targeted areas.
  • Create awareness on child protection rights among community members in CDF targeted areas by 2018/19.
  • Build capacity to children in CDF targeted areas, on protection of their rights.
  • Improve enforcement of policies, laws, and guidelines which enhance protection of children in CDF targeted areas.
  • Strengthen coordination, supervision and management of child protection system mechanisms in CDF targeted areas by 2018/19.

In and out of school clubs

“Through the training I received from CDF, I can now go and educate my fellow girls on how FGM and child pregnancy can affect their body health hence they should make right decisions on their bodies and avoid temptations” Happy, a form three student at Kitunda Secondary School’’.

Engaging duty barriers

  for stance in 2016, a total of 1363 cases of GBV/FGM were reported whereby 259 cases were under investigation, 684 cases were filed in court, 163 were resolved and there were 257 convictions ; in 2017 there were 724 cases reported whereby 330 were under investigation,203 were resolved, 109 were filed in court and 82 were convicted and in January to June 2018 there were only 274 reported cases whereby 139 were under investigation (some of which have been filed in court), 51 cases were resolved, 124 were filed in court and there were no convictions.

Duty bearers trained on Women and child protection includes; police officers, health care providers, social welfare officers, magistrates, prosecutors and investigation.

 
Women and children protection committees

  “This committee will be very powerful one because it brings together a lot of stakeholders including private sector, to me I think this is a good opportunity for us to get more support on handling GBV/VAC cases as most of the people think issues of women are for social welfare officers only”. Flora Masue, RSWO Dar es Salaam.

 

 22 Gender and Children’s Desks supported with working facilities and installation of GRRS enabling  increased efficiency in documenting, analyzing and reporting  of Gender-Based Violence Cases, making child rights actors to use the available data for planning and developing new strategies on ending violence against women and children.

 
IEC materials

In CDF targeted areas we disseminate GRRS brochure to police officer and community informing them on how they can use GRRS to keep the records of the reported cases; also creating awareness to the community members on the importance of using Gender and Children’s Desks to report incidences of violence against Women and Children resulting more reported cases.

 
Community awareness

 In 2018 during the commemoration of  Zero Tolerance Day Tarime District Commissioner declared to join the efforts with the Tarime police force to strengthen Intelligence unit to ensure that planners and organizers and all suspects of FGM are arrested, as the result total number of 10  suspects (4 traditional leaders, 3 Ngariba, 3 parents).

 National Conference on “Ending Violence against Women and Children.” on 21stto 22nd March 2019 enabled policy makers/ enforcers, academicians and practitioners along with development partners and right holders to Reflect together on Violence against Women and Children in Tanzania and map out commitments for way forwards in tackling the problem. 600 people participated physically while a wide reach was exhibited through public and social media. Government action was triggered by the Prime Minister’s directives to responsible Ministries and all RCs to oversee budgeting for and implementation of the NPA- VAWC.