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Child Protection in Timor-Leste

All children have a right to raise their voices and to have their opinions heard.

Plan International's work in Timor-Leste is focused on strengthening child protection mechanisms at a community level, raising awareness of the importance of child protection at a community level, improving government laws and policies so they more effectively protect children and to improve the skills of partner organisations so they better understand how to keep children safe. 

To increase children’s participation within their communities, six child clubs were created in Aileu and three in Ainaro districts with support from Plan International's Child Rights Program and from children themselves. These clubs are a space for children to express their opinions about issues that affect them, to discuss their aspirations for the future and to learn about their rights as children.

Eleven Community-Based Child Protection Mechanism structures have also been established to report child abuse and to ensure children are protected. 

Children in Aileu District playing during their school break.