Every child has the right to be safe. Our child protection programs aims to keep children safe around the world regardless of who they are or where they are from. We focus on children who are heightened risk of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence and put in place mechanism to prevent and respond to such protection risks. We work with Govt. civil society, children, youth, families, communities and societies to support children, and promote social norm and attitude changes to create enabling environment for children.
Our Signature programs areas / approaches;
Protect Children Against Harmful Child Labour
Save the Children interventions on harmful child labour geared towards systematically phasing children out of hazardous forms of labour to decent work. We advocated on social protection for the prevention of harmful work and raised awareness among communities, children, parents and employers. Since poverty is one of the main factor due to which parents have engaged their children in labour therefore families of children are also supported in income generation and linked with available financial support safety nets to take children off from harmful work. Save the Children addressed the complexity of child labour and work in both development and emergencies contexts, by combining our expertise in child protection, economic strengthening, health and education.
Children in Contact with the Law
Save the Children built capacities of judges, investigators, prosecutors and police officers on Probation Act, Child Protection, Convention on the Rights of Child, relevant child related laws including Juvenile Justice System Ordinance which is now known as Juvenile Justice System Act. Save the Children also supported cases of underprivileged Juveniles who are in contact with law and provided free legal aid. Save the Children also provided technical and infrastructure support to the probation offices in Quetta, Sahiwal, Kasur to help the departments to function more appropriately. Juvenile Parolees and Probationer's were also provided the platform to interact with Member of Provincial Assemblies to explain their issues so they can take up the matter at the higher level. A training manual on Juvenile Justice and Child Rights were also developed and included in the courses of Police Training Colleges in Quetta, Lahore and Rawalpindi. Save the Children established child friendly corners and play areas in the jails for children who were accompanying their mothers in jails and also provided psychosocial support.
Child Protection System (Case Management / Referral)
To ensure children have access to functioning child protection systems that effectively prevents and responds to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children Save the Children's supported provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab to provide a systematic response to violation of children's rights to protection. At formal side, Save the Children established Child Protection Units at Social Welfare Department and Child Protection Desks at department of education, health, women development, law and judiciary, labour and police in targeted districts. These departments are linked together by inter-departmental coordination protocols and mechanisms to provide protection support to children through case management / referral. At the informal side, community based child protection mechanism are established so that communities themselves identify and address Child Protection issues.
Violence Against Children
Save the Children works with boys and men, alongside girls and women, to change Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviours, so violence against both girls and boys is no longer tolerated. We networked with the two provincial universities (Shah Abdul Latif University and University of Punjab) and one federal level university (Allama Iqbal Open University) for the inclusion of chapter/ content/ session/ lesson on positive disciplining and classroom management in pre service formal teacher training curricula. We also work with Govt. schools and School Management Committees and trained Govt teachers and school staff to address corporal punishment at schools and to adopt positive disciplining methodologies. A radio/tv campaign to ban the Physical and Humiliating (PHP) is designed and implemented to change the widely existing perception that corporal punishment is an acceptable way of disciplining a child.
Children without Appropriate Care
Save the Children is working to strengthen the capacity of families to care for their children and support the development of family-based alternative care options for children who cannot remain with their families. We worked to ensure children have good quality care, nurture and guidance at a physical, emotional, social and psychological level, getting any mental health and psychosocial support needed. We worked with Children on the Move (CoM) living in the urban setting that includes Children who migrate to pursue better life opportunities, look for work or education or to escape exploitative or abusive situations at home; children who have left home and live and/or work in the streets and the children displaced by conflict and natural disaster. Save the Children also provide protection support including birth registration, psycho social help, family tracing and reunification, life skills based education and enrollment in formal schooling to COM. Save the Children is also advocating for implementation of minimum quality care standards in alternative care institutions.
Child and Youth Resilience Program
Save the Children’s Child and Youth Resilience Program is a nonclinical psychosocial and protection methodology that focuses on children’s positive coping and resilience. It is a psycho educational and neuro-affective regulatory method with elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches. The program takes a holistic approach, based on the principle that long-lasting, effective improvement in children’s lives can only be achieved with the full participation of children, their parents or caregivers and others within the communities in which they live. Save the Children has piloted the program in partnership with alternative care institute (Child Protection & Welfare Bureau) and implementing the program with children living in alternative care setup. Through the program, children gained the self-confidence and skills to cope with future challenges as well as recover from past experiences. The workshops of the program are designed and planned according to the specific context the children live in and the difficulties they are facing.
Child Protection in Emergencies
Save the Children also worked on prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence against children in emergencies. During emergencies, we established Child Friendly Centers and worked with children experiencing trauma, we worked to ensure they receive the care, rehabilitation and psychosocial support. SC also provides effective child protection case management support in line with the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS). Through case management support, we organize and carrying out work to address an individual child’s (and their family’s) needs in an appropriate, systematic and timely manner. Save the Children will also identify unaccompanied and separated children, register and refer them to related functionaries for Family Tracing and Reunification.