CHILD PROTECTION

TPO Uganda is one the leading child focused organizations in Uganda. Our approach combines child protection interventions and psychosocial support to children and families in distress.

Uganda has 17.1 million children below 18 years (over 56% of the population). The context of children in Uganda remains precarious.  Children in Uganda face multiple challenges that impede the full realization of their rights and the full enjoyment of their childhood.

Common Vulnerabilities facing Ugandan Children include:

Extreme Poverty

According to the Situation Analysis Report on Child Poverty and Deprivation, 24% of children aged 0–4 and 18% of children aged 6–18 years can be characterized as living in extreme poverty, and experiencing extreme deprivation.

Child Labour

From the economic reality above, it is not surprising for children to engage in child labour. It is estimated that there are about 2.4 million children engaged in exploitative child labor, 1.7million of whom are below 14 years of age (MoGLSD,2012a).

HIV/AIDS Orphans

Estimates show that children below 15 years of age accounted for 11% of all HIV cases in Uganda and that HIV was the second leading cause of death among adolescents. It is also estimated that 14.8 (approximately 2.43 million) of the 17.1million children below the age of 18 years are orphaned and that of those 46% (1,108,080) have lost their parents due to AIDS.

Children with Disabilities

Uganda has 1.22 million children with disabilities and only about 5% of these are able to access education within an inclusive setting. Children with disabilities experience discrimination and stigma within their families and communities. Schools are often poorly equipped to assess or meet the special needs of children with disabilities and it is common for families to abandon disabled children with child care institutions.

Children without Appropriate Parental Care

Factors such as civil strife, HIV and AIDS and poverty are splintering families across Uganda. It is estimated that there are 50,000 children living in 500 to 800 Children’s Homes.

Violence against Children

Physical violence, child neglect and denial, poor parenting practices; child sexual abuse and exploitation are some of the most common forms of violence against children in Uganda.

Our Child Protection Interventions

Direct service delivery

We directly deliver services to children (and their families) that are in need of protection. All our community based child protection work involves promoting and strengthening both the role of traditional informal structures and formal supports systems to play a more pronounced and front-line role in child protection.

Partnering with Government

TPO Uganda is working closely with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), to articulate and strengthen the national child protection system. We are also supporting the Ministry to strengthen the role of the National Child Protection Working Group to better coordinate child protection work in the country.

TPO is one of the 8 Technical Support Organizations in Uganda that is strengthening local governments to improve planning for OVC service delivery and integration of OVC services into district annual work plans.

Advocacy

Through upstream advocacy and strengthening institutional systems we provide and share field data and information that can be used to improve practice and inform policy among a broad array of actors. School based interventions are effective in reaching both the students and surrounding community with messages of behavior change.  Read about the Girls Education Movement in Lira

Sharing knowledge

We work with a select group of academic institutions in Uganda to integrate child protection training within their existing degree programs. In addition we have developed an accredited three month Practice Oriented Professional Certificate in Child Protection which specifically targets professionals in child welfare and protection.