Child protection aims to protect children from abuse, exploitation, neglect and violence. This includes laws, policies, regulations and services across all social sectors. Child protection ensures that children are free from early marriage, child labour and exploitation, and all forms of abuse, including sexual abuse and physical violence.

Losing the Care of a Parent

This report explores what family means to children and adults in five countries using the digital storytelling technique.

Digital storytelling uses storytelling methods to gain deep insights into feelings and experiences. Participants create individual stories about aspects of their own lives using still images and sound. Stories range from the impacts on children of family separation, multiple care moves, grief and not being heard; to the importance of meeting children’s needs, strengthening families, and supporting children’s resilience and tenacity. The stories highlight the importance of listening to children to both inform policy change and inform individual support needs.

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Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence

Sexual violence affects boys and girls. However interventions, public attention and donor investments fail to aptly address the experiences of boys. Family for Every Child examined this critical issue of sexual violence affecting boys through its global scoping study, Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence. This study explores both sexual abuse experienced by boys, including sexual exploitation, as well as harmful sexual behaviour of boys; referred to collectively as sexual violence.

The scoping study indicates that socio-cultural norms related to childhood, gender, masculinity and sexuality perpetuate sexual violence affecting boys, increase the vulnerability of boys to sexual violence, and contribute to under reporting.

This study suggests that a multi-layered prevention and response strategy is needed to reduce vulnerabilities and risk factors, identify boys who are at greater risk, such as those without adult care, and address those risk factors early on, as well as to intervene when sexual violence occurs. This requires further exploration through research and well evaluated pilot interventions. This study highlights the need for donors, policy-makers, researchers, programmers and practitioners to consider how stereotypes around masculinity have affected resource allocation, programming priorities and targeting when it comes to strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence.

Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence is in initial scoping study by Family for Every Child. The second stage of this project involves action research with children and families to gain in-depth understanding of how social norms around gender and masculinity influence sexual abuse experienced by boys and harmful sexual behaviour of boys, and what interventions are needed. This will inform the development of services and tools for boys that address their specific needs.

View the report in English, Spanish, and Arabic. You can also view a summary of the report in English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

Why Care Matters

The care of children matters to all of us. But today there are millions of children around the world that are not cared for adequately. It is a global crisis and one that will only get worse. There are an estimated 151 million children worldwide with either one or both parents dead, with at least 13 million of these children having lost both parents (UNICEF 2013).

View the report in English, Arabic, Portuguese and Spanish. You can also view the summary in English.