"Kanaf" Child Protection Centre To Get Higher Committee

  • Publish date: Monday، 08 August 2022
"Kanaf" Child Protection Centre To Get Higher Committee

H.H. Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of the Ruler of Sharjah, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs (SCFA), directed the establishment of the Higher Committee for "Kanaf", a first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary, multi-agency child protection centre that provides prompt legal, psychological, and social support to child victims of abuse.

The Kanaf programme is set to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and bring together Sharjah's specialised entities under one umbrella.

Kanaf will utilise local expertise and build on the strengths of the child-protection legislative ecosystem in Sharjah and the UAE to foster a comprehensive and resilient mechanism that supports and safeguards children.

The CSD Director added, "Kanaf is the first-of-its-kind entity in the UAE and the Arab world. It is a new operational structure which is aligned with the laws and legislative systems of the UAE and Sharjah that places child protection and care at the forefront of its priorities and legislation."

Following the announcement of the Kanaf project in 2020, CSD organised several meetings and workshops with partners of the first phase of the project to streamline the processes of providing a wide range of care and protection services to children under Kanaf. The meetings also outlined strategies for concerned authorities to communicate with both families and children in line with its integrated protection and follow-up procedures.

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