UNICEF in action
To tackle violence against children, UNICEF is taking a comprehensive approach to reducing domestic violence. At a practical level, it provides day-to-day interventions ranging from preventive measures to provision of emergency shelters. At a fundemental level, however, preventing and responding to violence against children requires tackling the social norms and behaviours that allow violence often to go unpunished. It also requires strengthening national protection systems – including laws, policies, regulations and services across all social sectors but especially social welfare, education, health, security and justice. Through its work in child protection UNICEF supports the development of accountability mechanisms for early identification, reporting and referral of cases of violence by professionals who come into contact with children in their daily work. In the continuum of child protection services, which are needed to prevent and respond to violence, exploitation and abuse, UNICEF also supports the development of social welfare services which were mainly absent in the inherited child protection systems.
While much remains to be done, important progress has been made in recent years:
UNICEF also supports the Council of Europe’s Children and Violence programme in the region, including the campaign for signature, ratification and implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse.