THE 2013 Constitution recognises the rights of all children to basic nutrition, clothing, shelter, sanitation and health care.
The Constitution states that every child has the right to family care, protection and guidance, which includes the equal responsibility of the child's parents to provide for the child.
It further states that parents are responsible for the provision of this care whether the parents are or have never been married to each other, and whether or not the parents are living together, have lived together or are separated.
The Constitution also states that every child is to be protected from abuse, neglect, harmful cultural practices, any form of violence, inhumane treatment and punishment, and hazardous or exploitative labour.
It further states that children are not "to be detained, except as a measure of last resort".
"...and when detained, to be held only for such period of time as is necessary, and separate from adults, and in conditions that take account of the child's sex and age," the Constitution states.
"The best interests of a child are the primary consideration in every matter concerning the child."