Child protection is a key component of Plan International Uganda programmes. It cuts across all our project implementation and advocacy and we have continued to make great strides toward strengthening child protection systems.
During the past year, we focused mainly on the following:
- developing functional community-based child protection systems,
- enabling community-based rehabilitation (CBR) of children with disabilities,
- working on civil society engagement in human rights budget monitoring,
- ensuring safer schools programme for children
- coordinating national-level advocacy for child protection interventions by the government. .
Over the last 12 months, the number of functional community-based child protection committees (CPCs) have increased significantly within Plan International Uganda’s target communities. Child protection committees now cover over 180 communities with over1,260 CPC members.
We support national prevention and response to violence against children (VAC) campaigns in Uganda and in line with this, we are implementing a three year project called Violence AgainstChildren ( VAC). The goal of this project is to reduce violence against children aged 0-8 years in post-conflict Northern Uganda using Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) as a key strategy.
We have formed functional anti-violence school clubs (AVCs) in 200 target schools, resulting in 43% coverage (up from 14.1%). The AVCs support the prosecution of child abuse cases, with 51,600 cases brought by the second quarter of the year.
We have expanded our efforts to ensure that children with disabilities reach their full potential. We have increased the number of parent support groups (PSGs) for children with disabilities, from 20 to 68 groups, representing 68% of the overall project target in the last 12 months. In addition we have increased the number of children with disabilities reached by ours rehabilitation services from 957 in mid-2013 to 1690 by December 2014, representing a 177% increase in the number of children who now have access to these services within our programme areas.