Child protection is expedient for the proper growth and development of children, especially in Nigeria where the abuse of children is a daily reality. According to Unicef, six out of every 10 children experience some form of violence – one in four girls and 10 per cent of boys have been victims of sexual violence.  
Existing studies indicate that about one in every six children dies before age five in Nigeria. While evidence suggests that improved access to adequate health care holds great potential for improved child survival, previous studies indicate that there are substantial barriers to accessing health care in Nigeria. There has not been a systematic attempt to examine the effects of barriers to health care on under-five mortality in Nigeria. This study is designed to address this knowledge gap.

A study was conducted on barriers to accessing health care and its implication for survival and the results stressed the need for improved access to adequate health care in Nigeria through the elimination of barriers to access. This would enable the country to achieve a significant reduction in childhood mortality. Thus to provide appropriate and adequate services to children and ensure that they are safe guarded, it is expedient for service providers and practitioners to possess improved knowledge on the concept of child protection and its mechanisms in Nigeria

Child protection is the protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse, and neglect. Protecting children from all forms of abuse contributes to the wellbeing of the communities and also contributes to national development. With the knowledge of Child protection, it will be easy to set up systems within organizations that will protect children and young people who are underage and to encourage family stability.

Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Safeguarding means: protecting children from abuse and maltreatment. Preventing harm to children's health or development. Ensuring children grow up with the provision of safe and effective care

CYPF is collaborating with the IHVN to build the capacity of its staff on child protection issues.

The main aim of the capacity building programme is to strengthen IHVN engagement with the community by ensuring that their engagement with children are in accordance with international standards and in the best interest of the child.

The training commenced on the 2nd of March 2020 with an overview of child protection and the importance of  a child protection policy in organizations that interact with children in any capacity no matter how little. This session was facilitated by Mr Kolawole Olatosimi, the senior program officer of child and youth protection foundation

participants broken into groups to review existing child protection documents and come out with a draft

Members of Group 1

Members of Group 2                                          

Members of Group 3

participants taking an energizer, facilitated by Mr Kolawole Olatosimi

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