Children are Bahrain’s foremost priority and the best hope for its future. In line with this principle, the Kingdom acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child of 1989, pursuant to Decree No. (16) of 1991, on February 13, 1992.
To advance children’s affairs, protect their rights, and provide them with the necessary care, the Kingdom established a Child Protection Centre, a social welfare institution affiliated with the Ministry of Social Development. The Directorate of Social Welfare protects children up to 18 years of age from all forms of abuse and neglect, including sexual and psychological abuse, extreme neglect, and more.
The Kingdom of Bahrain honors all its obligations to safeguard children within its borders and also to help protect children from cross-border crimes. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and came into effect on September 2, 1990, in addition to the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed conflict. In addition, the Kingdom of Bahrain acceded in 2001 to Convention No. 182 on the Worst Forms of Child Labour.
The Kingdom of Bahrain, represented by the Ministry of Social Development, provides a range of care services for children of unknown parentage, orphans, and children from broken families through several facilities:
Child Protection Centres
Services provided by the Child Protection Centre Include:
Child Helpline 998
The Child Helpline (998) is a toll-free, round-the-clock number that receives calls from children or concerned adults reporting violence, abuse, or danger.
Its objectives are to:
Reporting Cybercrimes 992
With the ever-increasing number of social and gaming platforms and channels of communication, children and minors are more exposed than ever before to cybercrimes, cyberbullying, grooming, potential sexual or physical assault, and other forms of harm.
The General Directorate of Anti-Corruption and Economic & Electronic Security provides several options for children and their parents to report such incidents:
These helplines contribute to SDG 16's goal of promoting peace, justice, and strong institutions by protecting children from abuse and providing social and legal support to those in need, thereby ensuring a safer and more just society.
The Royal Humanitarian Foundation provides a range of services for orphans and widows including financial, educational, health and psychological support to ensure their well-being. Beneficiaries can apply for the following programs:
Keeping children busy with wholesome activities that have educational and health benefits, or are just plain fun, is among the most important services a government can offer young people.
As the entity responsible for public policies in this regard, the Ministry of Social Development has made available a range of programmes throughout the year for youngsters aged 7 to 18 years, especially during the summer break when they are off from school for an extended period.
The goals of these programs include nurturing their talent, instilling in them a national and cultural identity, promoting critical thinking and creativity, fostering teamwork and volunteerism, encouraging expression and creativity, and cultivating good behaviour and values.
Registration for programs is available online through the Children and Youth Club Registration Service and to view the list of available Children and Youth programs and activities.
Moreover, the Ministry of Education offers the Registration in Summer Clubs eService for students from public and private schools to benefit from a range of programs provided by the Ministry.
These initiatives contribute to SDG 4: Quality Education by nurturing talent, promoting critical thinking and creativity, and providing educational and cultural experiences to children and youth, thereby enhancing access to quality education.
The National Commission for Childhood was re-formed through the Council of Ministers’ Decision No. 46 of 2007, confirming the importance given by the Kingdom of Bahrain to issues related to childhood, and its desire to develop and promote all aspects of the care provided to children.
The Bahrainouna program aims towards installing national identity and belonging through multiple initiatives, such as student awareness which is an awareness program that aims to promote national identity and support students' national belonging and political upbringing in line with national values, through focusing on the reform project of His Royal Highness King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa. This is done through a series of workshops, educational films, human rights competitions. National Identity is also promoted to students through various programs within their curriculum.
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Content Last Updated: 07 Aug, 2023