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Child Rights

3WBF National Conference on Child Rights, Justice Amina Augie and WBF Founder Mrs Toyin SarakiThe Wellbeing Foundation strives to uphold, protect and promote the standards laid out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, particularly focusing on Child Rights.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

We also collaborate with other organisations to convince governments and parents of the need to respect and protect the rights of children. This includes the right of every child to universal basic education, adequate healthcare and support, and the empowerment of children, particularly those with physical and intellectual disabilities.

The WBF regularly meets with organisations who are actively engaged in establishing and promoting child rights but it also goes one step further to investigate and identify problems as well as volunteering solutions.

In collaboration with a number of our partners, we carry out detailed reviews on the implementation of child rights laws nationwide, focusing extensively on policy and institutional, promotional and enforcement mechanisms. Through this work we can pressure governments to debate issues of child rights and to ensure that an agenda for joint collaboration and action is developed among state and non-state actors.

Anti-Human Trafficking

Representative of WBF at a workshop on child traffickersRepresentative of WBF at a workshop on child traffickersWBF is also a member of the Network of Civil Society Organisations working against Child Trafficking, Abuse and Labour (NACTAL). We have a working relationship, backed by a memorandum of understanding, with the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), with whom we collaborate on capacity-building and public enlightenment programmes for law enforcement agencies and communities. We have also been involved in advocacy to prevent illegal migration of students to foreign countries, in conjunction with SEYONDA.

Committees

Two committees were recently inaugurated in Kwara State, Nigeria after a series of meetings spearheaded by UNICEF and The WellBeing Foundation. These committees are: the Child's Rights Implementation Committee (CRIC) and the Child Protection Network (CPN).

The scope of interest of the two bodies principally centres on the following cases:

  • Detention of children
  • Child abuse
  • Violence against girls (including harmful traditional practice such as child marriage and female/ male genital mutilation)
  • Street-based children (including foreign Almajiris)
  • Domestic child labour
  • Displacement/ forced migration
  • Abduction and trafficking of children
  • Children in residential care
  • Violation of the right to education
  • Children in conflict with the law

The overall goal is to prevent and respond to exploitation, abuse/violence and neglect and ensure protection of all children (boys and girls) in Nigeria. CRIC & CPN in Kwara regularly reviews and analyses monitoring and reporting of child protection cases coming from LGA CPCs & CRICS which will help to inform programming at the state level. They also contribute to the development of national level child protection advocacy and policies.

CPN & CRIC strives to facilitate the creation of more target interventions that will meet the real needs of children and families in the State.