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The children we support suffer violence, exploitation and abuse. This violence doesn’t just happen on the streets. In fact, it often happens in places where children should be safest – in their homes or at school. Children often end up on the streets because they are escaping violence. However, the street is a dangerous substitute. Once children arrive on the streets they are increasingly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.

Creating an environment where children are safe from violence helps to create a basis of trust that allows creative and innovative ways of working.

We work with all our partners to better understand why and how children are exploited, abused, neglected and denied their rights, and how we can work together to protect and empower them. We work intensively with partners to develop programmes that have the protection of children at their very heart. We share best practice by encouraging good quality reporting and open discussion about difficult issues. We also offer training and support to organisations looking to improve their safeguarding approaches.

Download ChildHope's latest Child Protection toolkit, used by many agencies to develop their own policies and improve practice.

In the strategic period 2012 – 2015 our child protection programmes reached 244,811 children.

ETHIOPIA: AYNADIS’ STORY

Aynadis lives in a village in rural Ethiopia. After her parents died she went to live with an elderly relative. One day, aged just 12, she discovered that her relative had arranged for her to be married to a much older man. Aynadis was scared about the idea of marrying a stranger, but too afraid to stand up to the relative who looked after her. She felt helpless and alone.

Aynadis saw hope in the shape of a letter. She wrote down her problems and posted them in the ‘letter-link’ box in her school. Girls are encouraged to use these boxes to discreetly report any issues they are facing, especially cases of early or forced marriage. After the letter was read by the school’s focal teacher, Aynadis’ engagement was reported to a project worker and the school principal. As arranging child marriage is a crime in Ethiopia, they alerted the community committee. Project workers and the police negotiated with Aynadis’ relative to end the engagement and she promised never to agree to another arrangement.

Today Aynadis is much happier. She has told project workers that she is not afraid and feels confident to report any issues in the future. Moreover, she is doing well in school and hopes to become a teacher.

The Girls Education Challenge (GEC), our project funded by the UK Government with local partner, CHADET, is supporting over 16,000 girls in Ethiopia tackle the barriers preventing them from thriving in school.

Protection – reaching 250,000 children

  • All our partners will have the capacity to implement sound case management systems with strong reporting and monitoring frameworks. Where possible, they will reach more children and improve quality by influencing local, regional and national governments and other decision-makers to adopt best practice approaches
  • We will work with partners with proven expertise to develop and deliver training and capacity-building to other organisations in child protection and safeguarding, both within and beyond the ChildHope network
  • With our partners, we will produce and widely share best practice modules on child protection issues, including community-based systems and working with children with disabilities
Ethiopia Girls Letter-link box

A partnership approach

ChildHope’s approach relies first and foremost on local partnerships.

Our partners are committed to child rights and understand the context of children’s lives. They share our values and deliver programmes that change the lives of children for the better.

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