The Protection of Children from All Forms of Violence and Child Focused Justice in Papua New Guinea

Authors: Kirsten Anderson, Catherine Burke, and Bruce Grant


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This report presents the findings from a comprehensive mapping and analysis of laws, policies, and institutional frameworks aimed at addressing violence against children (VAC), child protection, and child justice in Papua New Guinea (PNG). It reviews the extent to which all relevant laws, policies, strategies, protocols, and planning documents concerning the right to protection and child-focused justice are compatible with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and other relevant international standards, and highlights their gaps, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, as well as their linkages. Finally, the report provides evidence-based recommendations for further action and law reform to bring laws and polices in PNG in line with CRC provisions and principles and improve coordination, as required by the Child Protection Policy.