- Street / Area: No. 4 Old Railway Line, Tengbeh Town, Western Area
- City: freetown
- Country: Sierra Leone
- Website: http://www.dcisierraleone.org
- NGO Africa details: Children
- Listed: October 23, 2017 12:49 pm
- Expires: 339 days, 2 hours
defence for children
Defence for Children – Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) was founded in 1998 during the peak of Sierra Leonean civil war, a time when the rights of many child citizens were gravely violated. It was initially established to monitor and document violations of children’s rights and to provide legal assistance to child victims of violence and children in conflict with the law, including children who were detained and accused of being rebels.Though DCI-SL is a local and independent chapter, it develops its programs based on the core principles and values of the Defence for Children international movement. Defence for Children International Sierra Leone is also a member of the ECPAT International movement that fights against child sex tourism.
DCI-SL envisions that children’s voices are heard and that their rights are protected in both law and practice at national and community levels.
DCI-SL has its head office in Freetown, and branch offices in five different districts with more than forty staff and volunteers spread over the four regions of Sierra Leone.
The main thrust of DCI-SL’s programme is to work towards the strengthening of the child protection system to have good policies and strong mechanisms that can guarantee the safety and development of all children irrespective of their background or where they live. These include supporting local initiatives and efforts that address underlying vulnerabilities of children and their families. This is the reason why we provide legal assistance to children to be able to seek legal redress, claim and defend their rights particularly when they are victims of abuse/violence, or in conflict with the law or in need of certain legal rights. We also provide psychosocial support and socio-economic empowerment for children and their families living in very vulnerable situation as part of prevention measures.
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