Since its operation began, IHS Ethiopia has been working for those affected by conflict and disaster. Among its primary beneficiaries are internally displaced children. These children are exposed to different protection risks such as family separation, abuses, violence and exploitation. They are also exposed to lack of food, shelter, health, psychosocial support and other play, learning and recreational materials which affect the physical and psychological wellbeing of children.

In trying to alleviate these and reduce their risk of exposure, IHS has been implementing a number of child protection activities.

As part of its child protection program, IHS regularly assesses what is in the best interests of children who are left unattended and separated from their caregivers. It communicates with its implementing partners and/or makes use of foster care arrangements for further solutions.