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Research on Violence Against Children: Building Evidence for Action

© UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn

25-27 June 2013, Bangkok

Over the last 20 years, the situation for children in the region has improved in many ways. More children are born healthier and survive to their fifth birthday. Children have greater access to education, safe water and basic sanitation. But tangible gains in child protection have not kept pace and rates of violence against children remain disturbingly high. A 2012 UNICEF systematic review of research on child maltreatment in the region found high rates of various forms of child abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation across East Asia and the Pacific. For example, the review found that between 14% and 30% of the region’s boys and girls report have experienced forced sex, and for many young people their first experiences of sexual intercourse was forced.

There is a critical lack of clear data on not only the nature and extent of violence against children across East Asia and the Pacific, but also the effectiveness of interventions for preventing and mitigating the negative consequences of such violence. The lack of data available has led to poorly planned and implemented policies and programmes, and a scattershot approach to combatting violence against children. However, governments are increasingly recognizing the need for a detailed breakdown on where children are being abused in their countries, the perpetrators of such abuse, the types of violence children  are suffering, and whether or not services being provided are indeed working in order to better provide information and social welfare services to reach children and families in need.

To help achieve this, UNICEF EAPRO organized a meeting in Bangkok during 25-27 June 2013, titled ‘Research on Violence against Children: Building the Evidence for Action’. Participants comprised over 85 representatives from government, UN agencies, NGOs and academia from 13 countries across East Asia and the Pacific. Meeting participants discussed various methodologies for conducting high quality research on violence against children; identify evidence for informing effective policies and programmes; and strengthen opportunities for collaboration on and support for research.

On this page you will find publications relating to research on violence against children as well as the meeting documents for ‘Research on Violence against Children: Building the Evidence for Action’. Presentations, meeting resources and related documents are posted below on this page and are freely available through open access to all interested parties.

Meeting programme

Session 1: The importance of high quality research and data collection in combating Violence against Children
• Presentation by Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, Representative on Children's Rights, ACWC

Session 2: Introduction National Baseline Surveys on Violence against Children Presentations
• From there to here: Evidence building in East Asia and the Pacific, by Ms. Diane Swales, Regional Advisor – Child Protection, UNICEF EAPRO
• Rational and history of Violence Against Children Surveys, by Dr. Jim Mercy, Special Advisor for Global Activities, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Session 3: Country experiences and findings in implementing the National Baseline Surveys on Violence Against Children Presentations
• Presentation by H.E. Anna Maembe, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, Tanzania
• Presentation by Dr. Mary Catherine Maternowska, Research and Evaluation – Child Protection, UNICEF Office of Research -Innocenti
• Presentation by H.E. Khieu Serey Vuthea, Director General of Social Development, Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Cambodia
• Presentation by Dr. Prebudiarta Nur Sitepu, Assistant Deputy on Response to Violence against Children, Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, Indonesia

Session 4: Country experiences in preparing for the National Baseline Surveys on Violence Against Children Presentations
• Presentation by Ms. Jolanda Van Westering, Child Protection Chief, UNICEF China
• Presentation by Mr. Leo Kulumbu, Acting Deputy Secretary, Corporate & Regulatory Services, Department of Community Development, Papua New Guinea
• Presentation by Ms. Brenda Vigo, Executive Director, Council for the Welfare of Children, Philippines
• Presentation by Ms. Siti Adibah Abdul Rahman, Assistant Director - Selangor Welfare Department, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia
• Mr. Dang Hoa Nam, Vice Director of the Department of Child Care and Protection, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam


Session 5: Using evidence from the National Baseline Surveys on Violence Against Children 
• Presentation by H.E. Anna Maembe, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, Tanzania

Session 6: Using evidence from other quantitative methodologies on violence against children to inform action 
• Summary of a research study on violence against children in Thailand to inform national policy and proposed strategies, by Dr. Saisuree Chutikul, Project Director, Study on Child Protection Systems in Thailand
• Changing the Paradigm of Pediatric Practice in the Philippines, by Dr Bernadette Madrid, Director of the Child Protection Unit University of the Philippines
• Childhood maltreatment prevalence and associations with mental health among 3,577 students in six provinces of China, by Dr. Chen Jingqi, Professor at the Institute of Child and Adolescent Health, School of Public Health, Peking University Health Science Center
• Adverse childhood experiences and youth mental health in Viet Nam, by Dr. Michael Dunne, Director of the International Program, School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology
• MICS and DHS: Global data on disciplinary practices/violent discipline, by Ms. Theresa Kilbane, Senior Advisor – Child Protection, UNICEF New York
• Child victimisation and ploy-victimisation in China: Prevalence and health correlates, by Dr. Ko Ling Edward Chan, Professor at the Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong
• Preliminary findings related to violence against children from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia-Pacific, by Dr. Emma Fulu, Research Coordinator, Partners for Prevention

Session 7: Social and structural factors which contribute to and mitigate violence against children and community conflict 
• Evidence informed decision-making: An overview, by Dr. Jim Mercy, Special Advisor for Global Activities, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
• Developing an issue-focused evidence framework: A multi-country study on the determinants of violence affecting children, by Dr. Andrew Mawson, Chief – Child Protection, UNICEF Office of Research –Innocenti
• Preventing violence against children by targeting risk and protective factors within an ecological framework, by Ms. Amalee McCoy, Regional Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF EAPRO
• Review of the effectiveness of programmes to prevent child maltreatment, by Dr. Chris Mikton, Technical Officer –Prevention of Violence, World Health Organization Geneva

Session 8: Qualitative research on violence against children in the East Asia and Pacific region 
• Panel discussion:
1. Mr. Mark Capaldi, Head of Research, ECPAT International
2. Mr. Haider Yaqub, Deputy Regional Director – Programs (Asia), Plan International
3. Mr. Dominique Pierre Plateau, Asia Representative – Child Protection Initiative, Save the Children
4. Ms. Rebecca Surtees, Senior Researcher, NEXUS Institute
5. Mr. Alastair Hilton, Technical Advisor, First Step Cambodia


Session 9: Priorities and ways forward at country, regional and global levels
• Synthesis of group discussions and meeting outcomes, by Ms. Diane Swales, Regional Advisor – Child Protection, UNICEF EAPRO


Diane Swales, Regional Advisor for Child Protection at the EAPRO UNICEF office presenting ‘From there to here: Evidence Building in East Asia and the Pacific region’. This presentation highlighted the need for this research and gave meeting participants background on child maltreatment concerns in the region. © UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn


H.E. Anna Maembe, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development, Gender and Children, Government of Tanzania presents on the implementation of the National Baseline Survey on VAC in Tanzania. The presentation highlighted the findings from the study and provided meeting participants with a number of lessons learned from the Tanzanian experience of implementing this importance research on violence against children. © UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn


© UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn

 


Dr. James Mercy from the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention presenting on the National Baseline Survey on Violence Against Children (VACS) © UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn


 The meeting provided Government representatives, academics, UNICEF and other Non-Government Organisations with the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about Violence Against Children Survey implementation, sharing experiences and creating networks. © UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn


A variety of resources were made available to meeting participants, including the UNICEF EARPO publications, Child Maltreatment—Prevalence, Incidence and Consequences in the East Asia and Pacific Region A Systematic Review of Research, Strengthening Child Protection Systems Series No. 1., Child Protection in Educational Settings  - Findings from Six Countries in East Asia and the Pacific, Strengthening Child Protection Systems Series No. 2.  and Measuring and Monitoring Child Protection Systems—Proposed Regional Core Indicators for East Asia and the Pacific, Strengthening Child Protection Systems Series No. 3, as well as a variety of publications from Plan International. © UNICEF/2013/Ratasarn

 

 
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