Child protection

Picture of young boys working in a brick factory
Satrudhan (left) works in a brick factory. His mother works as a labourer whenever she can find work, but she also has to look after her youngest son. Satrudhan is enrolled in grade four. The school is near his house but he attends irregularly.

Many children around the world do not have the protective systems and support that we universally need in order to flourish. They may be separated from their families or guardians. They often don’t have access to schools or playgroups. They often live in countries with poor welfare and health services. Even when these services do exist, they may not reach or help those children most in need.

The world’s most vulnerable children include trafficked children, orphans, child soldiers, street children, child brides, displaced children and children that are in conflict or emergency situations.

Without support, these children are vulnerable to neglect or deliberate harm from others. Their physical and mental development can be threatened, or affected permanently.

Child protection is about contributing to a society that helps uphold a child’s rights. It is about the sustained well-being of children within their families and communities.

Resources

  • Behind the Bling: Forced and Child Labour in the Global Jewellery Industry
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  • Gender Equality - fact sheet
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  • Ethical chocolate scorecard
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  • Understanding human trafficking - fact sheet
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  • Trafficking and sexual exploitation - fact sheet
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  • Trafficking and labour exploitation in the global fishing industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour in the palm oil industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour in the cocoa industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour is everyone's business - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour in the technology industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced and child labour in the cotton industry - fact sheet
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  • Forced, child and trafficked labour - A corporate responsibility fact sheet
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  • Child Protection and Trafficking - A5 flyer
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  • Do you stock ethical products - a card to give to businesses
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  • Our Guilty Pleasure - Exploitative Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry - Full Report
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  • Our Guilty Pleasure - Exploitative Child Labour in the Chocolate Industry - Report Summary
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  • Addressing labour exploitation in supply chains - guidelines for business
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