“UNICEF uses the term ‘child protection’ to refer to preventing and responding
to violence, exploitation and abuse against children – including commercial sexual
exploitation, trafficking, child labour and harmful traditional practices, such as female
genital mutilation/cutting and child marriage1.” Bahar plays an active and ongoing role
in supporting child protection through strategic services and humanitarian assistance
that help facilitate programs to reinforce child protection. Due to the nature of the
crisis, children are often at higher risk of violence, exploitation, labour and trafficking.
But through strategic child protection programs and educational sessions the goal is to
minimize and eventually eliminate child protection violations.
Due to the unfortunate fact that many children have already been exposed to
violations of child protection, programs have been created to provide support sessions,
physical healthcare and mental healthcare sessions as complimentary services in
order to facilitate the healing process and to prevent recurrences. With programs
located in strategic locations, the goal is to provide a safe and secure place to facilitate
the child protection sessions within the most vulnerable communities in Afrin, Kobani,
Teftnaz and Ain Al Arab.