Children’s Legal Protection Centres are an important means for narrowing the gap between law and practice, extending legal protection to children and ensuring that they have access to justice. The unique strength of these organisations lies in the fact that they have in-depth, grass-roots knowledge of the reality of children’s lives and of the working of the child protection structures that surround them. They also have the skills and ability needed to channel this intimate understanding of children’s lives into broader advocacy for legal reform and effective advocacy.
It is important for ACPF to double its effort and replicate such initiatives in other parts in Africa in order to redress the abuse and exploitation that children face daily at home, at school, and in the wider community almost everywhere in the world.
Dr Assefa Bequele, Executive Director (2003-2010), Distinguished Fellow, ACPF