Outreach and support for sexually exploited girls
The Child Protection Project in Malawi began in 2011 in response to the team reaching and identifying sexually exploited girls during their work with female sex workers. The project is based in Lilongwe.
Our trained team identify girls under 18 through outreach visits to bars and resthouses. They then follow the Child Protection procedures, referring girls to the Government Social Welfare Office and ensuring the girls are moved from dangerous situations. In addition the girls, and their parents and guardians, are invited to take part in participatory behaviour change workshops which support them to reduce their risk of poor health, and develop an understanding of their rights. The girls are also supported either to return to school or to access vocational skills training, which reduces their future risk of sexual exploitation.
This project is run in partnership with Community Child Protection Teams, the Police, the Social Welfare Office and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Community Development, with whom we have a Memorandum of Understanding.