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Kuwait to soon open first child protection center

Informed sources have revealed that the Supreme Council for Family Affairs is in the process of opening the first child protection center in Kuwait. The council has chosen a building in the Khaitan area, previously used as a home for juvenile boys and affiliated with the Ministry of Social Affairs, for this purpose. This initiative follows repeated requests from relevant international organizations and is also a legal entitlement under Article 77 of Law 21/2015 regarding children’s rights.

Article 77 stipulates the establishment of childhood protection centers in every governorate of Kuwait, affiliated with the Supreme Council for Family Affairs. The first center will begin operations in Farwaniya Governorate, with plans to open similar centers in other governorates subsequently, reports Al-Jarida daily.

Such centers will specialize in receiving complaints about cases where a child is exposed to danger, as outlined in Article 76. Complaints can be submitted by the child, their caregiver, a relative, or professionals working with the child. The centers will take all necessary measures to treat children exposed to harm and provide assistance to their families.

Additionally, efforts will be made to rehabilitate family members who have caused harm to the child, enabling them to care for the child and reintegrate into society effectively.

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