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Justice for Children Report launched

The Justice for Children report launched yesterday in Port Moresby will support justice for children, violence against children and child protection in the country.

The report is focused on strengthening systems at national and subnational levels so that children and their caregivers could have access to preventive and responsive protection service.

From 2021-2023, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) with the support of the Australian High Commission collected data in five provinces to come up with recommendations to help the PNG Government to protect the livelihood of


children.

The data was collected in National Capital District, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East New Britain, Morobe and Western Highlands.

Unicef representative Dr Claudes Kamenga said evidence generated from the findings and recommendations would be useful in providing informed programming for all based on the lived realities of children in the justice system.

He urged the PNG Government to strategise and disseminate the report with the justice for children evaluation as a key resource to strengthen the system for justice for children.

Department of Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) secretary Dr Eric Kwa said with the launch of the report, DJAG and other government stakeholders would be able to make policies on how to protect children from any form of violence.

“Data is basically evidence of what is in the real world,” he said.

“With updated data, government departments responsible for keeping children safe and protected can make good policies.”

Dr Kwa added that DJAG would take the lead to work with other government depts to address the issue of children roaming on the streets.

“Those children mainly at the traffic lights selling betelnut, cigarette, etc…, we try to come up with policies on how we can help them.”

He thanked Unicef and the Australian High Comm for coming up with the report to safeguard the children of this country.