Prevention of violence against children in Afghanistan
This project, launched in 2014 in a country progressively recovering from 3 decades of conflict, sought to ensure that children most at risk of violence in cities like Kabul, Jalalabad, and Torkham, would benefit from improved detection, prevention and protection mechanisms.
Worth €1,875,000, of which €1,500,000 were funded by the EU, this 2-year project was implemented in Afghanistan by Terre des Hommes (TdH).
The project had 3 related objectives:
- to better protect children in street and/or working situation and cross-border children
- to improve the resilience and reintegration of children in conflict with law, into their families and communities
- to recognise the rights of children in conflict with the law and ensure their protection by police officers and juvenile justice stakeholders
Various services were organised for the children in 3 child protection centres (CPC).
Detection of vulnerable children was done through outreach, based on criteria reflecting their degree of vulnerability to violence: gender, disability, poverty, signs of physical, sexual or psychological abuse, exhaustion and stress, hygiene, nutrition, literacy.
Awareness-raising and educational work (non-formal education, literacy courses, and vocational training), combined with individual case management and social support, helped decrease risks of child marriage, violence at work and child exploitation, physical punishment and domestic violence.
Moreover, children in police custody or detained in juvenile rehabilitation centres could benefit from individual assistance, while police and justice staff’s capacities were reinforced and advocacy actions were carried out in favour of children as victims or witnesses, and children in conflict with the law.