Child protection: Uganda’s enabling environment

  • The Government of Uganda has an exemplary refugee policy, which accords refugees similar rights to nationals, including freedom of movement, the right to work and establish businesses, and access to national social services (education, health, labor market etc.), thus laying the foundation for the realization of rights for refugee children.
  • The Government of Uganda recognizes that child protection is central to the sustainable realization of development and human rights for all. A very active national Child Protection Working Group and the National Council for Children are actively involved in influencing policy.
  • Uganda has a robust legal and policy framework on which a sound child protection system that also benefits refugee children, can be based – most key international child protection instruments have been ratified and domesticated through the enactment of several child protection laws and policies.
  • When engaged in meaningful ways, children are highly resilient; finding ways to cope and move forward in the face of hardship and suffering
  • Children develop to their fullest potential through education, sports and access to creative spaces to explore their talents and use their skills to become active members of the community.