MoI Celebrates Universal Children Day

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates-Monday 21 November 2016 [ AETOS Wire ]

The Higher Committee for Child Protection at the Ministry of Interior organized three workshops to mark the Universal Children’s Day. The workshops, organized by the MoI’s Child Protection Center (CPC) were held in collaboration with the Family Development Foundation (FDF) at its centers in Sila, Al Shahama and Swaihan. They tackled the Ministry’s efforts on child protection and promoting awareness about the Wadeema Law; as a part of the ministry’s keenness to support concerted efforts in all areas related to child protection.


During the workshops, the Ministry of Interior reiterated its commitment to work diligently to improve its efforts, based on the best international practices applied in developed countries. The ministry also emphasized its keenness to promote cooperation with relevant entities and institutions under the umbrella of the Higher Committee for Child Protection, which plays a valuable role maintaining children’s safety; out of its firm belief that achieving justice and protection for children is a shared responsibility.


The ministry indicated that people who work in the field of child protection cannot completely eradicate child abuse, just like the police cannot completely prevent crime from happening. This underlines the importance of prevention and cooperation between the different institutions, sectors and individuals within society to reinforce child protection against such dangers, because children’s safety is an important issue that exceeds all other considerations. It also highlights the importance of achieving balance between child protection and respect for parents and families’ rights and needs.


During the workshops, the ministry released a number of facts related to child abuse and neglect around the world. It indicated that around 6 in 10 children between the ages of 2 and 14 worldwide (almost a billion) are subjected to physical punishment by their caregivers on a regular basis; while 1 in 3 children aged 13-15 years have been a victim of regular bullying worldwide. The ministry added that neglect is the most prevalent form of abuse around the world, followed by physical abuse, sexual abuse and psychological abuse.


The workshops stressed the importance of cooperation in reporting cases of child abuse by calling the toll-free hotline (116111); which is a valuable and significant measure to prevent and stop abuse against children.


Major General Dr. Nasser Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi, Secretary General of the Office of HH Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, noted that child online sexual abuse crimes are a growing problem worldwide, and that the UAE MoI is the main authority in charge of prevention, detection and investigation of child online sexual abuse and exploitation. He explained that the MoI has dedicated its efforts to address this issue, strived to exert every possible effort to reinforce capacities in this field, and encouraged all partners to exert further efforts in this regard.


Major General Lakhrebani Al Nuaimi praised the UAE’s keenness to intensify its efforts to implement initiatives and projects to enhance child protection from every potential danger. In his statement on the Universal Children’s Day, he added: “These initiatives and projects are in response to the directives of Lt. General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and his commitment to the UAE to become a hub of child protection and security while elevating its status as a role model in the region.” He asserted that the UAE community has become more aware of child protection issues, which is evident in the eagerness to communicate with the police to report cases of abuse or neglect incidents faced by children from their parents or care givers.


The Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center (CPC) said that the Internet has become an essential part of people’s lives. “While we recognize the significant benefits that internet can offer to children in terms of education and development; unfortunately there are risks, too; such as having access to inappropriate material or falling prey to online grooming by immoral adults and strangers,” said the statement. The Center called upon parents and children to familiarize themselves with the conditions and requirements of the internet’s safe use.


The Center also noted that the Wadeema Law about the right to protection includes 6 articles, which prohibit any action that would threaten children’s safety or children’s physical, psychological, moral or mental health, or their exploitation in any way, their rejection, displacement or neglect. The law also includes 7 articles that regulate the work of specialized authorities and concerned parties in the country, regarding the establishment of child protection units that would set forth and implement mechanisms and measures to protect children according to law. Another 14 articles are provided by the Wadeema Law with respect to child protection, which provide a detailed overview of the tasks carried out by specialized parties to enforce the right to protection and protection mechanisms.


In conclusion, the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center (CPC) indicated that it will provide the necessary advice and support and will undertake the necessary procedures in this regard. It explained that the hotline is the first communication channel for society to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect, in order to provide safety, security and protection for children in the UAE.


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