Kinderen in speeltuin

Growing up safe on Aruba and Curaçao

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The ACT4ECC project improves the existing national mechanisms for the early detection, prevention and protection of violence against children by raising the awareness and building the capacity of professionals working with and for children in the Kingdom of the Netherlands, particularly in Aruba and Curaçao.

Child Rights

Through dissemination of the ACT4ECC-project's lessons learned, impact, and outputs (the toolkit and the multisectoral collaboration) this project contributes to implementing the EC children's rights strategy, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in the entire Kingdom of The Netherlands, and thus to ensure the same level of protection for children throughout the whole European Union, including in the Overseas Countries and Territories, and specifically the Dutch Caribbean islands of Aruba and Curacao.The Awareness raising and Capacity building Toolkit for European and Caribbean Children (ACT4ECC) project runs from March 2022 till February 2024.

Sue Ann and Ministrer of Justice and Social Affairs and Stan van Haaren from UNICEF during the launch of the online Toolkit and the online magazine

The Minister of Justice and Social Affairs and the prime-minister of Aruba with Stan van Haaren from UNICEF during the launch of the online Toolkit and the online magazine 'Assertivo' in Aruba. This took place on November 20th, 2023, the International Day of the Rights of the Child.

Strengthening skills and knowledge

UNICEF The Netherlands designed and will implement this project together with the national authorities, NGOs and academia, to ensure it is tailored and responds to the national child protection's needs. Per country, the consortium will collectively and collaboratively produce a tailor-made, tested, awareness-raising and capacity-building digital toolkit on violence against children. National authorities will strengthen the skills and knowledge of 160 professionals for early detection, response and prevention of violence in the short term, 200 persons working with or for children (short term), and 5,040 in the long term (outside the project scope), using this toolkit, plus awareness raising online advocacy magazine. Its contents focus on gender equality, non-discrimination and inclusion of LGBTQI+ populations, child and adolescent empowerment, and community engagement.

Through dissemination of the project's lessons learned, impact, and outputs (the toolkit and the collaborative capacity-building design model), this project will help improve the mechanisms for the early detection, prevention and protection against child abuse in EU MS in the face of COVID-19 or other emergencies or crisis (e.g., natural disasters, large influxes of unaccompanied and separated children, etc.)

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This project is co-financed by the European Commission.

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