World Vision supports the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in observing the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation or the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness Week (CSAAW) from February 9-15, 2020.

Presidential Proclamation No. 731 series of 1996 declares the 2nd week of February each year as the National Awareness Week for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation.

With programming presence in 32 areas (19 provinces, 47 municipalities and 428 barangays), World Vision works with various actors at all levels to help build a safe and protective environment for every child. Preventing child sexual abuse and exploitation requires strengthening families, partnering with communities, catalyzing faith communities and influencing governments to take appropriate measures to ensure the protection of girls and boys.

World Vision also recognizes the importance of building the children’s resilience, promoting life-skills and strengthening their voice of children, especially among the most vulnerable, for the protection and prevention of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

Children and young people are part of the solution. It is imperative to empower girls and boys through positive development and asset-building to be influential protection actors in their environment.

In 2019, World Vision responded to at least 83 identified cases of child abuse and exploitation, (70% of which are child sexual abuse cases) through community-based child protection mechanisms including timely reporting to mandated government agencies and referral to appropriate service providers.

World Vision focuses its resources to initiatives and appropriate projects where the community needs it most