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Violence and its impact on children

By preventing violence today, we help build a future where violence will no longer be tolerated.

Tirana 12, 2006 – For the first time Albania attempts to document the reality of violence against children and to map out what is being done to stop it. The report, “Violence against Children in Albania” has been conducted in the context of a global study on violence against children under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary General.

The study, “Violence against Children in Albania”, represents an effort to paint a detailed picture of the nature, extent and causes of violence against children in three areas: home and family; schools and educational settings; and in institutional care.

"Violence against children is a violation of their rights. The physical, emotional and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child’s development, health and ability to learn,” says Carrie Auer UNICEF representative.

Children and young people’s views were collected on:  what forms of violence are faced by children and young people in Albania; how violence affects them what are the causes of violence against children; what needs to be done by the government to prevent all forms of violence; and how best to help those who have faced violence.

The findings of the report highlight that physical and psychological violence are more present at home and in residential care institutions, but less in the school environment. Fewer incidents of teachers using violence against children were reported than violence among students and peers. Perhaps one of the more poignant findings of the study is the idea that children accept violence as an inevitable part of life.

Though the Albanian Government has made efforts to reform laws to address violence against women and children, gaps still remain in legislation. There is no governmental structure that is primarily responsible for addressing violence against children, whether at central or local level. In addition, efforts need to be made to better document the prevalence and characteristics of violence against children, and to better understand the underlying causes. This will lead to the development of effective prevention programmes.

"Violence against children is a violation of their rights. The physical, emotional and psychological scars of violence can have severe implications for a child’s development, health and ability to learn,” says Carrie Auer UNICEF representative.

To respond to violence against children effectively, UNICEF commits its support to work with the Government of Albania to ensure that proper investment in policies and preventative programs are made in order to ensure that all children’s rights to a life free from violence is guaranteed. 

The study “Violence against Children in Albania” calls for a series of actions to be taken such as to prohibit corporal punishment in schools and educational establishments and put in place mechanisms to enforce this; put in place safe, confidential and accessible mechanisms for children and their families to report violence against children; ensure the use of nonviolent teaching and learning strategies; adopt disciplinary measures that are not based on fear, threats, humiliation or physical force; create programs to address the whole school environment, including such things as nonviolent conflict resolution.

The study will help government, communities, parents, children, young people and organizations working with and for children to understand more about violence and what can be done to stop it.

The study is carried out by the Human Development Centre with UNICEF support.

For further information please contact:

Anila Miria, Communication Officer UNICEF,
Telephone: 273 - 335 678
Email: amiria@unicef.org

Dajena Pollo, Child Protection Officer
Telephone: 273 -335 678
Email: dpollo@unicef.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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