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Birth registration in emergencies: A review of best practices in humanitarian action

In emergency situations, a child’s vulnerability to abuse is very high; boys and girls routinely become separated from their families or caregivers and are vulnerable to physical abuse, neglect, sexual and economic exploitation, discrimination and recruitment into armed groups.

Birth registration represents a key tool of protection for boys and girls in times of emergency. Registration, as the first legal acknowledgement of a child’s existence, helps build a protective environment, especially when the state, community and social structures break down.

This report focuses on the importance of birth registration in emergency situations and provides case studies of successful programme work that could be scaled up to help protect more children.