The ‘Child Protection Unit’ initiative
Ministry of Education (MoE) has launched a ‘Child Protection Unit’ initiative for the benefit of students of government and private schools across the UAE. The initiative is aimed at protecting children from all forms of harm, negligence and abuse which they may experience at school or home and maintaining their safety with regard to their physical, psychological and educational aspects.
To report child abuse case, call either the MoE’s Child Protection Unit on their dedicated number 04-217666 or the Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Centre on 116111 or email the report to CPU@moe.gov.ae with supporting documents, if any.
Read more on the ‘Child Protection Unit’ initiative.
Child protection committee and centre
Ministry of Interior (MoI) established the Higher Committee for Child Protection in 2009 and the MoI’s Child Protection Centre in 2011 to undertake the role of developing, implementing and customising the initiatives and processes aiming at providing safety, security and protection for all children living in the UAE or even those coming as visitors. The committee plays a key role in maintaining the safety of children, because achieving justice and protection for children is a shared responsibility.
An awareness campaign under the name 'Together to Prevent Child Abuse' was launched to raise community awareness and educate parents and teachers through seminars, courses and a media campaign about the various forms of child abuse and the ways to prevent it.
Schoolchildren can use the hotline number 80051115 to communicate directly with Ministry of Education regarding any issue that may affect their learning process. Education specialists supervise the hotline.
Culture of safety at schools
Ministry of Education is an official trainer as per Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IoSH) which is the chartered body for health and safety professionals. The main target is to change students' behaviour towards health and safety, making it a part of their culture and if they encounter any danger, crisis, or a hazard they can deal with it smoothly.
Banning corporal punishment
Ministry of Education aims to establish mutual respect between teachers and students, to support modern educational methods and banning corporal punishment and behaviour that are contrary to the UAE's traditions and customs.
Teachers’ code of conduct
Ministry of Education is working on a new code of conduct and ethics for teachers. It will outline teachers' obligations and rights in both public and private schools adopting the ministry's curriculum. The code complements the behavioural regulations, which the ministry has issued for teachers.
Several initiatives were launched across the country to ensure a safe transportation for students. These include:
The UAE’s Supreme Council for Motherhood & Childhood in cooperation with UNICEF, Ministry of Education and Department of Education and Knowledge in Abu Dhabi launched the Guide for parents on anti-bullying (PDF, 120 KB). This guide will help parents identify if their child is a victim of bullying, or if he is bullying others and what can be done to stop it.
Read about student code of conduct.
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Federal Law No. 3 of 2016 concerning child rights, also known as Wadeema's Law (PDF, 250 KB), stresses that all children must be provided with appropriate living standards, access to health services, education, equal opportunities in essential services and facilities without any kind of discrimination. The law protects children against all forms of negligence, exploitation, physical and psychological abuses.
In addition, smoking in public and private vehicles and indoor facilities where children are present is also prohibited under the law. Violators will be subject to penalties as set out by the law.
The law allows childcare specialists to remove children from their homes against parents' wishes and without judicial permission in cases of imminent danger. In less severe cases, specialists may intervene by visiting the child regularly, providing social services and mediating a solution between the family and the child.
Those who put children in danger, abandon them, neglect them, leave them without supervision, do not enroll them in school or register them upon their birth will be subject to a prison sentence or a fine or both. The law applies to all children up to the age of 18.