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A Child's Right to a Healthy EnvironmentPromoting a Protective Environment for Children Affected by Disaster and War

A Child's Right to a Healthy Environment: Promoting a Protective Environment for Children... [Creating a protective environment is the basis of the United Nations’ strategy for protecting the human rights of children faced with the extreme environmental threats posed by disasters and war. The “Protective Environment Framework” was developed as a basis to identify the key areas, where actions can be taken to increase the protection available to children (Landgren, 2005). It is a basis for thinking with appropriate breadth of potential influences on children’s well-being, but with sufficient focus to frame clear actions that will promote protection. There are eight identified features of the “protective environment” which together can be seen to form a potential protective “shield” around children – not eliminating risks and vulnerabilities, but creating protection from their full impact. These include: government commitment and capacity; legislation and enforcement; culture and customs; open discussion; children’s life skills, knowledge, and participation; capacity of families and communities; essential services; and monitoring, reporting, and oversight. We believe that all these features can be strengthened, and changes measured, through targeted support of international and national actors.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

A Child's Right to a Healthy EnvironmentPromoting a Protective Environment for Children Affected by Disaster and War

Editors: Garbarino, James; Sigman, Garry

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Publisher
Springer New York
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
ISBN
978-1-4419-6789-3
Pages
105 –121
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4419-6791-6_5
Publisher site
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Abstract

[Creating a protective environment is the basis of the United Nations’ strategy for protecting the human rights of children faced with the extreme environmental threats posed by disasters and war. The “Protective Environment Framework” was developed as a basis to identify the key areas, where actions can be taken to increase the protection available to children (Landgren, 2005). It is a basis for thinking with appropriate breadth of potential influences on children’s well-being, but with sufficient focus to frame clear actions that will promote protection. There are eight identified features of the “protective environment” which together can be seen to form a potential protective “shield” around children – not eliminating risks and vulnerabilities, but creating protection from their full impact. These include: government commitment and capacity; legislation and enforcement; culture and customs; open discussion; children’s life skills, knowledge, and participation; capacity of families and communities; essential services; and monitoring, reporting, and oversight. We believe that all these features can be strengthened, and changes measured, through targeted support of international and national actors.]

Published: Aug 28, 2010

Keywords: Domestic Violence; Child Labor; Corporal Punishment; Armed Conflict; Child Protection

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