This is a truly monumental milestone within the country after years of hard work among GHR partners and the Ministry of Community Development and Social Services to draft, revise, advocate, and shepherd the bill through the system to become law. The Children’s Code Act adds to an already impressive list of policy changes (e.g., Alternative Care and Reintegration Guidelines, Foster Care and Adoption Guidelines, Minimum Standards of Care for Child Care Facilities) that GHR’s investments and collaborative efforts have contributed to in strengthening the child protection system in Zambia for the long-term.
President Hakainde Hichilema signed the Children’s Act after it was adopted in the Zambian National Parliament. This legislation is aligned with international child rights standards and will enable the protection of vulnerable children, especially those without adequate parental care, children living in the street, refugee children and children on the move. The law will also protect children who have experienced violence, abuse and neglect and will ensure their access to justice.
The adoption of the Children’s Code Act represents the Zambian Government’s commitment to the rights and welfare of the child. The Act will protect children in all settings and will create an environment where all children can grow and thrive with full potential. The GHR Children in Families team wishes to acknowledge and celebrate our partners in Zambia—ACEZ, CMMB, CRS, Save the Children, UNICEF, and ZAS—for their tremendous contributions to this achievement.