The vulnerable nature of Children constitutes the very essence of Child’s Right. It is the bedrock on which the foundation of Child’s Rights is laid. The vulnerable Child is said to be one with a usual or an unusual susceptibility to disease or disorder.
In this vein, the National Resource Centre (USA) on Child Maltreatment defined vulnerability as: A Child’s capacity for self-protection. One may deduce from the aforementioned that vulnerability is all about self-protection, a continuous yet conscious attempt to provide a safe and congenial environment for the overall development of a Child.
A consideration of Child’s vulnerability raises the following questions: Can a Child provide for their basic need? Can a Child defend his or herself against physical assault? Can a Child manoeuvre it way out of dangerous situations? Can a Child perceive when danger is looming? Is a Child totally dependent on others? These questions paint a vivid picture of what constitutes self-protection. Having proffered a concise introduction on the question of vulnerability, this expose will proceed to examine other relevant considerations…
Vulnerability, Religious and Cultural setbacks: A Holistic Examination of the Nigerian Child. By Oluwole Kolawole Esq.