Dr Thomas El-Hoss

In 2002 the Lebanese government passed landmark legislation to create the country’s first state-led, child protection (CP) system. This was a controversial step in a country where the nation’s diverse religious traditions and court systems have traditionally governed family affairs. Despite significant strides the country has faced challenges operationalising a consistent and locally responsive CP mechanism. Chief among these difficulties has been ensuring coordination between the CP system and the wide range of international/ local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), ethnic- and sectarian-based political movements and religious welfare organisations that support vulnerable families in Lebanese communities.

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