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Child protection in Lebanon

We directly support children who are vulnerable to abuse and work with communities so they are able to prevent violence and keep children safe.

Adolescent girls and young women take part in a Youth Empowerment Programme in North Lebanon.
Adolescent girls and young women take part in a Youth Empowerment Programme in North Lebanon.

Due to the effects of the Syrian refugee crisis, host and Syrian families in Lebanon are struggling to keep their children safe.

This means that children are removed from or not enrolled in school and are forced into often dangerous child labour and early marriages. As a result, children are at increased risk of physical and sexual violence, bullying, discrimination and psychological distress.

Forced into child labour

Men participate in an awareness raising session in South Lebanon on International Women’s Day.
Men participate in an awareness raising session in South Lebanon on International Women’s Day.

Families are increasingly reliant on adolescents to become the main source of income to make ends meet. This leads to children being forced into the worst forms of child labour such as street work, exploitative agricultural and mechanical work and girls particularly being forced into domestic work.

Moreover, economic vulnerability and changes in gender roles within families have led to an increase in sexual violence and abuse against women and girls in general. Girls who have been forced into early marriages are particularly at risk.

Preventing abuse

Plan International Lebanon supports children and their caregivers to gain the skills, information and social support they need to prevent violence.

We strengthen the ability of communities to prevent violence and respond to any instances of abuse. We also help communities raise awareness and advocate on the key issues that are affecting children’s safety.

We also work in partnership with organisations that provide services to people who are vulnerable to abuse.