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July 13, 2020
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Save the Children Launches Child Protection System Report

Children in Papua New Guinea experience some of the most extreme forms of violence, and the rates are extremely high according to world standards.

According to UNICEF and MSF, 70% of children in PNG suffer from emotional and physical abuse; 50% experience sexual abuse; and 50% of children are endangered by family violence within their homes.

This week, Save the Children launched a report on Papua New Guinea’s child protection system. The report was launched following a research into the country’s Child Protection System.

The research was conducted in May and June this year, with a sample size within 5 provinces: the National Capital District; East Sepik Province; Eastern Highlands Province; Morobe Province; and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

From this report Save the Children highlighted that

  • Violence on children remains extensive in PNG;
  • There is a general lack of understanding on violence against children;
  • There is a need for Child Protection laws to be implemented practically,
    With adequate resources, and clear allocation of budget;
  • Also children’s needs are not adequately attended to, due to
    -lack of knowledge and skills; and a
    -lack of available resources.

Save the Children Country Director, Jennifer El-Sibai, highlighted that the report carries the voices of children and parents in communities. She said real change for child protection will be achieved with a collective effort from all organisations and members of the society.

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