Many of the Syrian refugee population living in Jordan have experienced distress as a result of the conflict in their home country and require support. In addition, children in Jordan are at high risk of abuse, exploitation and neglect.
Those most at risk are child labourers, girls forced into domestic work or child marriage and survivors of abuse.
Children at risk
One of the key concerns around the safety of children in Jordan is that violence is generally underreported. This is more likely when the survivor is a girl because she is expected to stay quiet to uphold the honour of her family.
Another major issue is that a system to protect children has been established to serve the refugee population that is mostly supported and funded by the international community. As a result, these services are not supported and are yet to be integrated into the national system. This means that these services are unable to reach the most vulnerable children due to security restrictions.
Plan International supports children, young people, caregivers and community members to keep children safe in Jordan. We set up peer support networks and provide activities that help Syrians integrate into Jordanian society in safe spaces.
In addition, we place a specific focus on preventing key protection concerns such as child marriage, child labour and violence against girls. To do this, we strengthen the ability of communities to keep children safe and raise awareness on the key issues.
We also establish child-friendly help and protection desks that provide key information on child abuse and immediately refer cases of abuse or exploitation to the relevant services.
We respond to and prevent child labour by supporting the government to increase the awareness of employers and increase child labour monitoring and reporting nationally.