Child Development Department
The Child Development Department is one of the programme Department of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development established by Decree 42 in 1992, under the then National Commission for Women (NCW). The Commission was later upgraded to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development in 1994.
“The Department of Child Development is to provide an enabling environment that will ensure the maximum and holistic development of the potential of the Nigerian Child through well-articulated policies, project and programmes that would enhance the quality of his/her life towards national development and nation building”.
The Child Development Department is one of the programmes Departments of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development established in 1992, by decree 42 under the National Commission for Women. The Department is responsible for the total well-being and development of the Nigerian child. It is to give visibility to all children in terms of protection, coordinate activities, monitor progress and promote a comprehensive and integrated agenda for the realization of children’s rights. The child in this case refers to any child under the ages of 18 years in line with the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
In response to the above, the Division ensures that policies reflect rights-based and pro-poor approaches and target the vulnerable children.
The Child’s Right Acts, (2003)
The National Children’s Policy
The National Plan Of Action For Vulnerable Children
The National Standard of Practice for Orphans Vulnerable Children (SoP)
The National Situation Assessment And Analysis On Orphans And Vulnerable Children (NSAA:2008)
National Monitoring and Evaluation Plan on Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria
National Directory of OVC NGOs in Nigeria
Advocacy Guide and Facilitators Manual for Promoting Children’s Rights in Nigeria.