Safety for Children
Children in urban contexts are often forgotten, with several actors targeting rural settings yet they face a unique set of protection challenges. The very construction of this environment increases susceptibility to abuse, exploitation and violence against children, specifically for the urban poor, who often live in areas not formally gazetted for human occupancy. Both state and non-state actors often ignore them, making several assumptions. Child labour, Hygiene, Sanitation, Poor Housing particularly in slums, Sexual Abuse, Substance Abuse, Engagement in Crime are among the different concerns for this category of children. Overall, children in urban settings lack appropriate care – parents/caregivers are consumed with making a living and therefore leave children in the care of others who may abuse.
Sunshine Urban Foundation (SUF) recognizes the programming gaps by both state and non-state actors in promoting and improving the status of children and families in these settings. Specifically, for child protection, SUF seeks to:
- Strengthen family capacity to protect children.
- Advocating for systems establishment and strengthening, both formal and informal to support and protect children.
- Work with children in designing interventions that suit their context – from the identification of their needs, crafting workable safety solutions and implementing them.
- Building links, partnerships and broadening alliances specifically targeting the private sector among others to invest in services for urban poor children.
Despite the complexities presented by the urban setting, Sunshine Urban Foundation is persuaded that low cost, efficient and effective interventions can be designed to address the needs of this category of children and their families. It is obtainable and that is our call.