15 September 2021 - Our website is currently experiencing technical issues which prevent users from registering new initiatives/commitments, updating existing ones, submit progress reports and accurately using the search filters. We are working tirelessly to fix these issues. Please keep checking this website for updates.
Protecting Children from Violence, Abuse and Exploitation in the Pacific
Description/achievement of initiative

Outcome 1: Child Protection Systems (including Justice and Police, child and family social services, health and education and communities) provide improved quality of and access to services for the prevention of and response to violence, abuse and exploitation of children at all times.Outcome 2 Parents, caregivers, and children demonstrate skills, knowledge and behavior enabling children to grow up in caring homes and communities, including schools that are free from violence, abuse and exploitation.

Implementation methodologies

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

UNICEF works with development partners: donors and international financial institutions with partnerships increasingly oriented towards collaboration on policy advocacy, knowledge sharing and leveraging re-sources for children. UNICEF is working in partnership with DFAT in these areas including recent successful leveraging of partnerships to strengthen regional coordination on legal reforms through establishing a working group of regional bodies and UN agencies to address coordination. UNICEF has partnership relation-ships with regional bodies, such as the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) for which there is a Memorandum of Understanding. Close national partnerships is maintained with relevant ministries and provincial and district administrations as key implementing partners for UNICEF's Multi-Country Programme through signed annual work plans.UNICEF will work directly with the government agency tasked with providing social welfare services to vulnerable children and families. Each PIC has slightly different government structures for addressing child protection depending on the organogram of the government, expertise and resources available and historical development of child protection. Not all countries have a Ministry with a mandate for social welfare although most have a ministry with a mandate for community development, social or home affairs. Therefore the program is flexible in determining best partnership arrangements for implementation on a country by country basis.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Targeted PICs are at different stages in developing their child protection systems, with varying levels of public understanding and awareness of violence, abuse and exploitation. The UNICEF Child Protection Programme will employ an incremental or phased-in approach based on the current status of PIC Child Protection systems, the level of political support, and the extent to which an enabling environment is present or can be created.UNICEF engages in the Pacific at four levels: i. with Pacific regional organizations (to advocate, facilitate and coordinate Pacific-wide inter-country frameworks, commitments and reviews); ii. with each of the 14 sovereign governments (for normative policy level advocacy, planning and reviews); iii. with country-based organizations and institutions (to mobilize and leverage focus and resources for children); iv. and, with sub-national organizations (to support and learn from initiatives at provincial, district and community levels).


Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia UNICEF Governments of Nauru, Palau, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu
Progress reports
Goal 3
Birth registrations services decentralized with partnerships strengthened with health and other service pro-viders in three target countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu).
1.8 Training/capacity building of service provider/professionals (police, social welfare, health workers, edu-cation) in at least four countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Fiji)
1.6 Child protection national policy to prevent, detect and respond to VAC developed and established in at least four countries (Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Fiji).
Guideline protocols designed and rolled out for teachers and students to prevent, detect and report vio-lence against children in at least 3 countries (Fiji, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu).
Financing (in USD)
Staff / Technical expertise
Technical support through provision of UNICEF staff expertese and consultancies

Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - December 31, 2017
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Government of Australia UNICEF Governments of Nauru, Palau, Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tuvalu
Contact information
Karen Allen, UNICEF Representative Pacific Islands, kallen@unicef.org
United Nations