Abu Dhabi: The UAE Ministry of Interior and the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority on child protection in the UAE have signed an agreement to enhance cooperation, raise awareness, and maintain communication for common interests, improving implementation standards and practices in child protection.
The agreement was signed by Major General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili and Ms. Sana Muhammad Suhail, Director General of the Authority.
Lieutenant General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, and Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Head of the Office of Development Affairs and Families of Martyrs, and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority, have witnessed the signing ceremony.
Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan was briefed on collaboration opportunities between the authority and the Ministry of Interior’s Center for Child Protection. The goal is to strengthen the child protection system, ensuring safeguarding against violence, abuse, and neglect, as per the statement.
Emphasizing the importance of cooperation, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan called for improving the quality of children’s digital lives, positive technology use, and artificial intelligence techniques to maximize care and protection, particularly for children in difficult circumstances.
The Abu Dhabi Early Childhood Authority is actively working to strengthen the child protection system, covering prevention and rehabilitation. The focus includes developing the capabilities of partners and workers and engaging parents and community members to support children’s needs and well-being.
This involves promoting positive behaviors that benefit children, enhancing their growth and capabilities, and designing processes for policy and legislation development related to early childhood development. The proactive strategy, based on participation and scientific evidence, has a strong possibility of implementation and application on the ground.