GENEVA, 1 November 2017 – Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report released today.
A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents uses the latest data to show that children experience violence across all stages of childhood and in every region of the world.
It is unacceptable that children of all ages in every region of the world face violence in the places where they should be safe – their homes, schools and communities. The devastation caused by violence can last a child’s entire life and is often passed down from one generation to the next. These findings must be a wakeup call to protect every child from violence.
Key findings from the report include;
Violence against young children in their homes:
Sexual violence against girls and boys:
Violence in schools:
The release of the global report today coincides with a sub-regional forum on strengthening data collection on violence against children for stronger policy-advocacy in six countries and a territory in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The two-day event in Belgrade, Serbia is part of the European Union, UNICEF and European Disability Forum programme “Protecting Children from Violence and Promoting Social Inclusion of Children with Disabilities,” which aims to strengthen national child protection systems and ensure social inclusion of children with disabilities.
UNICEF prioritises efforts to end violence across all its work, including supporting government efforts to improve services for children affected by violence, developing policies and legislation that protect children, and helping communities, parents and children to prevent violence through practical programmes like parenting courses and actions against domestic violence.
To end violence against children, UNICEF is calling for governments to take urgent action and support the INSPIRE guidance which has been agreed and promoted by WHO, UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, including:
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For more information about the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, please go to www.end-violence.org/.
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