Child Protection Systems by which we professionally establish Child Protection System for families and institutions/organizations is specifically, a product of a social empowerment research effort (on how to establish Child Protection Systems, according to global standards and yet with respect for the peculiarities of the African continent), instituted 8 (eight) years ago, costing us in human and financial investment over $500,000(Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) and in generally, our 18(eighteen) active years of field experiences as Nigeria’s foremost Child Rights and Protection-focused legal practitioners.
One of our fundamental findings is that contrary to general thinking, the number one responsibility of primary and secondary caregivers to the child is protection. Why? Once the child is abused, he/she does not have any room in his/her spirit, soul and body to receive any other thing, care, education, instruction, discipline, leisure etc. Abuse simply changes everything for the worst for the child.
The Child Protection Systems exists to establish a culture of Child Protection through systems. Establishing Child Protection Systems involves to three (3) components: first helping the families and institutions/organization to set goal or set of goals for child protection; second, identify actors and their distinct roles in child protection, thereby establishing interdependence of forces to protect children. The third component is an offshoot of the first two (2) components. It is simply, balance.