Child protection systems still weak in Africa – TETFUND researchers 

Researchers funded by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) at the University of Ibadan Wednesday stated that child protection system is still weak in Africa and “largely inadequate to protect children against violence.”

The researchers raised the alarm while conducting a stakeholder’s engagement on a study “Understanding violence against children in Nigeria: the child-to-child dimension.”

They said violence against children, especially the growing trend of child-to-child violence ongoing in Nigeria deserves evidence based knowledge to address the phenomenon.

The principal investigator of the project, Professor Adebimpe Adenugba, said SDG support the right of every child to protection against violence, but child protection systems is still weak in Africa and “largely inadequate to protect children against violence.”

She pointed out that 6 of every 10 children have suffered one or more forms of violence before reaching 18 years while 70 percent have experienced multiple incidents of violence.

Professor Adenugba noted that “prevention and response have focused on adults as perpetrators of violence against children while child perpetrators are most of the time treated as adults in terms of response and prosecution, contrary to the requirements of the laws addressing children issues.”

Professor Eze Nwokocha and Muyiwa Omobowale in their presentations stated that the study would be conducted in four geopolitical zones of Nigeria to understand child justice system, factors promoting violence against children, rehabilitative support for child perpetrators of violence, among others.