What do you think 'Child Protection' means and who exactly is responsible for it?

In Marawai City, 30 incredible parents, teachers, community and government leaders are finding out.

Class is in session! Parents, school teachers, community members and government staff of Marawi City enjoy a day of learning.

Marky Elnar

Child protection is about seeing the whole of a child not just the physical. Classes encourage and teach students (the adults) to see and help protect a child's emotional, psychological and future wellbeing.

It's easy for us all to often to miss the key indicators that signal a child is in danger, stress or being exploited.

Another difficulty people face when deciding to speak up is, resource or fear of a community fallout...

That's why sending the adults to school is so important! The whole community needs to be onboard, not just parents or teachers, it's everyone's responsibility.

30 incredible adults in school, learning how to ensure children and families in Marawi City are better protected.

Marky Elnar

Child Protection classes are designed to ensure adults leave class feeling way more confident having learnt:

  1. What to lookout for & how to identify when a child may be in danger
  2. Safe & correct ways to engage with a child and/or parent
  3. How to contact authorities and who to contact
  4. Available social services including local NGO groups to support families

Throughout all of our Childhood Rescue programs Child Protection and Advocacy is a key priority. We know when families are placed in prolonged states of stress and hardship it is the children who are most affected and often, least seen.

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Marawi, Philippines

Marawi and Cotabato City are located on the island of Mindanao in the south of the Philippines. The predominantly Muslim population lives in the crossfire of conflict between rival militant and terrorist groups.

In 2017, a siege began and everyone's life changed in an instant.

For 5 months, militant and government forces fought, destroying thousands of homes, businesses and infrastructure. Up to 360,000 people were forced to flee to neighbouring regions. Four years on, many families still can not return home and live in Internally Displaced Population (IDP) settlements.

A lack of security, health, food and education mean children are highly vulnerable to recruitment offers by militant groups. Childhood Rescue's will help children build their futures through education, health and peace building.

  • Terrorist and militant behaviour undermine social stability and children's futures

  • Terrorist attacks and kidnappings are common in the region

  • Natural disasters cause significant difficulties for families in the region