Child Protection and Development

A significant proportion of children are continuing to experience violence, abuse and exploitation in COCD target areas as outlined in the above situational analysis. Many local organizations are addressing this issue but local authorities are struggling to fulfil their roles as duty bearers.  The Child Protection and Development strategic goal addresses the following Convention on the Rights of the Child articles that are related to child protection and education. COCD is doing the following to ensure that children are educated, protected and cared for:

Main Activities

COCD works to improve capacity of children and duty bearers to protect and care for children

  • Implement child protection awareness raising and education sessions with vulnerable children and families e.g. school and community-based peer education
  • Undertake training and mentoring and supporting of local authorities, CCWC and WCCC to improve their capacity as duty bearers

COCD helps to improve and strengthen child protection mechanisms and services

  • Work with key government mechanisms and civil society partners to identify and monitor vulnerable children and facilitate linkages to appropriate legal and support services
  • Facilitate collaboration between children/families and duty bearers to jointly create effective pathways for accessing child protection services and support
  • Implement a suitable social protection preparation plan and response for children and families in crisis e.g. emergencies or disasters

COCD works to Increase children’s knowledge and skills to promote child development

  • Review and implement changes to the COCD educational scholarship program in line with community needs and COCD strategic directions
  • Work in partnership with communities, government and civil society to increase awareness and opportunities for formal and informal education
  • Provide opportunities for all school children to participate in future planning and career development activities
  • Facilitate the development and appropriate resourcing of child-friendly schools and preschools
  • Review the criteria for the selection of poor students considering the changed government criteria
  • Plan and prepare a funding submission for a program to support girls making the transition from primary to secondary and to high school. This may involve a bus or improved dormitory solutions.