Many children in Sierra Leone are in danger of neglect, abuse and exploitation in their schools, in their homes and in our communities. Keeping them safe and out of harm’s way is our ultimate aim and objective at FORUT-SL.
We bring about lasting changes to ensure children are safe and protected. Our child rights work focuses on issues of child survival, education and protection. We strive to influence policy and practices that promote, protect, and respect children’s rights in Sierra Leone. To achieve this, we listen, educate, mobilise children, parents and communities, and collaborate with our partners to advocate for, and work in the best interest of the child. We also work with partners to strengthen child protection systems that protect thousands of children.
We have established over 49 Children and Young People’s (CYP) clubs in schools in Freetown, Port Loko and Moyamba districts to help combat child sexual abuse, exploitation and corporal punishment. We continue to work with local authorities, school authorities, FSUs, partners and parents to strengthen child protection systems in our communities. We are also part of the Child Rights Coalition and FORUT-SL is the current vice chair for the Western chapter.