Victim Support and Assistance

Psycho-social support and access to effective remedies are vital components of a child protection system. APLE works to support the establishment of coordinated support systems to address the needs of affected children. 

Program ObjectiveS

This program aims to ensure adequate support services for child victims and their families, particularly during the investigations and prosecutions of their offenders. The program objectives are to:

  • increase access to quality gender-sensitive and child-focused support services and legal protection, for child victims and their families
  • increase coordination and collaboration between law enforcement, judiciary and other child protection services for the provision of child-focused support for child victims and their families
  • improve adherence to the required standards of child-friendly court proceedings, and enable victims to achieve justice during their journey to rehabilitation and reintegration


APLE team of trained social work staff provide immediate crisis interventions and psycho-social support to rescued child victims. The team conducts the specific needs assessment of each victim, based on their unique experiences and gender and makes appropriate referrals to the wide network of partner organizations for them to provide longer-term psycho-social, and other support services.

APLE legal team helps child victims and their families with legal advice, representation and assistance as they are pursuing justice in court. The legal service is available for child victims and their families throughout the court proceedings. To ensure effective legal remedies and reparations, the team collaborates with the relevant government institutions, law enforcement agencies, child right organizations and pro bono lawyer network to assist child victims in bringing civil claims to both local and foreign court jurisdictions.

Formal partnerships with government and NGO service providers are established and strengthened to increase referrals and adequate resources for child victims and their families. We develop and implement a robust Case Management System to manage referrals to specialist services, according to the government policy/ guideline. We ensure services are age-appropriate, gender-sensitive and accessible to child victims from the start to the end of their legal proceedings.

APLE partners with government and NGO service providers for referrals of child victims to appropriate long-term support services. We play an integral coordinating role in assessing the needs of child victims and their families and ensuring they receive access to comprehensive support services. Key partners in the service provision include the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY) and their provincial departments (DoSVY), the Ministry of Women Affairs at national and subnational levels, and other NGOs providing child protection services who are members of the Family Care First network.    

Measures of Success

  • Victims and their families received timely crisis support and access to appropriate services through the national referral system
  • Referral NGOs equipped with the skills to provide victim support and effective case management
  • Service providers adopted child-focused approach to work with child victims and other victim support professionals

Membership & Partnership

APLE is a member of two global networks dedicated to combating the sexual abuse and exploitation of children and operates under formal MoUs with the Ministry of Interior & the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation. APLE is also a trusted partner of Facebook and a member of Family Care First Network.
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