ICCF is dedicated to fostering a healthy and supportive condition that enables our children to develop and thrive, ensure parents and caretakers have the resources they need to properly care for their children. Also supporting efforts that lift up vulnerable families, improve the coordination of programs and services within communities, promote meaningful and measurable changes in the lives of children to improve their social and emotional well-being across LAGOS STATE.
All children deserve to grow up in a caring and loving environment, yet across Nigeria, hundreds of thousands of children are neglected or abused each year, often causing lasting consequences. Although effectively intervening in the lives of these children and their families is an important responsibility at all levels of government, preventing abuse and neglect is a shared obligation.
According to analysis from MIRABEL CENTER 2013-2017, the statistic gives a clear sign that children are at higher risk from people they know than strangers.
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ICCF research in Epe community gave a high rate of child abuse, though not all are reported but this has resulted to teenage pregnancies and early child marriage.Hence our awareness campaign in Epe LGA.
All families can benefit from strong support systems and resources in the face of these challenges, and as parents, friends, neighbors and fellow human beings, keeping our kids safe is most highest priorities.
November is ICCF Child Abuse Prevention Month, we recommit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.
Preventing child abuse is an effort that we must undertake as one family, our schools, neighbourhoods and communities we must look after every child as if they are our own and together we can prevent these tragedies from occurring. Children who are being abused or neglected may display constant alertness, sudden changes in behaviour and school performance, or untreated physical or medical issues. The effects of child abuse and neglect can negatively impact a child throughout their life. Together, we must address this issue so that our children and our children’s children never know the pain caused by child abuse.