The ICPNC believes that all children have an absolute right to be safe. Girls and boys in every country, culture and social level face forms of violence such as abuse (sexual, physical, emotional and neglect) and exploitation. Vulnerable children in humanitarian settings face particular safety challenges. Some of the most severe of children’s rights violations include sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking, physical and humiliating punishment, harmful traditional practices (including early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting) and recruitment into armed forces and groups. All children also possess provisional and participative rights, which guarantee their right to the necessary resources to ensure survival and development, and their right to be heard in decisions affecting their lives in a manner consistent with their evolving capacities.
The Network believes these rights to be inextricable from protective rights and that they should be a central concern of any efforts to improve Child Protection programming and approaches.