Child Protection

All children have the right to be protected.

Yet more than one billion children experience violence every year, and girls and boys experience violence differently, and face different risks across various forms of violence.


Evidence shows that violence, abuse, neglect and or exploitation can cause irreversible damage to a child’s health and development – both in the short and longer term. This can impair their ability to develop, learn, socialise and thrive into adulthood.


Our rights-based approach

Recognising that children require specialised protection due to their age and evolving capacities, Plan International Australia’s rights based-approach supports governments, civil society organisations, communities and children to ensure that children grow up in protective schools, families and communities.

Guided by Plan International’s Global Child Protection Strategy, our work focuses on four key gender transformative areas including:

  • preventing and reducing violence in the family
  • ensuring child protection in emergencies
  • strengthening and promoting gender responsive child protection services
  • promoting children’s access to legal identity through rights-based civil registration.


Identity is important

Building on our commitment to child protection, Plan International Australia recognises that ensuring children’s right to a legal identity is fundamental. An estimated 1.1 billion people around the world cannot officially prove their identity, and 40% of these are children.

When children are officially registered, they are recognised, protected, and provided for through access to lifelong services including health care, education, employment and social welfare.

That’s why we’ve developed OpenCRVS, the world’s first open source, rights-based digital birth registration software — to ensure that all children are registered and receive a much-needed birth certificate that can protect them from early marriage, child trafficking and child labour.

Your support can mean girls and young women around the world are free from violence


OpenCRVS is an efficient way to ensure every individual on the planet is recognised, protected and provided for from birth.

In January 2020, OpenCRVS, with its customised functions, was successfully demonstrated to the Government of Bangladesh and is now being rolled out across an entire district as part of a pilot throughout 2020, with the view to scale in the future.

The software and complimentary rights-based training program will register all new births and deaths in Narshingdi and Kurigram districts during 2020, providing a community-based service that is as accessible, inclusive, and efficient as possible.

Marriage registration: a pathway to protection and empowerment

Civil Registration and Vital Statistic (CRVS) systems have the power to transform the lives of women or girls. The importance of marriage registration has been recognised as critical to help achieve the Government of Bangladesh’s target of eradicating child marriage by 2041. CRVS can prevent potential child marriage cases by enabling real time age verification through the CRVS system when a bride and groom come to register their marriage. A CRVS systems can also identify girls who are already married as they register the birth of their baby.

Plan International, in partnership with the Government of Bangladesh, conducted a study to analyse and assess the current marriage registration system in Bangladesh and identify recommendations to improve understanding, access and availability of services in urban, rural, and remote locations across Bangladesh. Read the report.

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